Gingivitis and periodontitis are well-known problems of the gums. The symptoms of gum disease can start with gums that bleed when brushing or flossing all the way to lost teeth when left untreated. Periodontal disease also has a proven relationship to other serious health conditions. It can contribute to the risk of heart attacks, strokes, hypertension, diabetes, prenatal and low birth weight babies, and even dementia.
Consistent dental routines at home and regular comprehensive checkups and cleaning will help prevent gum disease. If we do detect gum disease, it’s generally easy to resolve in its early stages. Dr. DeMars uses several different techniques to remove bacterial plaque and diseased gum tissue.
Dental Scaling and Root Planing
Dr. DeMars uses two types of ultrasonic dental scalers to remove bacterial plaque and calculus (hardened, mineralized plaque). Both are much more effective than scraping with a hand scaler.
Root planing is a specialized technique that removes bacteria and plaque from the tooth’s root.
Dr. DeMars may also use a soft tissue laser to remove diseased gum tissue, a procedure that involves minimal pain, swelling, or bleeding. She may also treat gum disease with Arestin, a topical, prescription antibiotic.