Periodontal disease is a gradual infection of the gums and the supporting bone. It is caused when the buildup of plaque on and around the teeth calcifies into tartar. This tartar is covered with plaque that contains microorganisms that release toxins, causing the first stage of gum disease known as gingivitis. Gum disease is particularly dangerous because the progression of the disease is often painless, going undetected until it creates serious problems. If you have gum disease, Dr. James D. Powell may recommend periodontics, or treatment for gum disease, in Palmdale, California.

Scaling and root planing is a common treatment for gum disease. Our dentist begins by removing the diseased tissue, tartar, and plaque from the tooth’s surface and below the gum line. The root of the tooth may need to be planed and smoothed in order to allow gum tissue to heal properly.

The ravages of gum disease are best prevented by early detection and proper dental hygiene. Brushing your teeth twice a day helps to remove the thin layer of bacteria that release dangerous toxins into your mouth. Flossing is also important to keep your mouth clean. In addition, using a mouth rinse considerably reduces the microbial count in your saliva. Finally, maintaining a balanced diet and scheduling regular dental appointments help to stem the advance of gum disease and keep you healthy and smiling.

To learn more and to schedule your next visit, we welcome you to contact our office today!