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Periodontal Therapy

Have you been told you have periodontal disease? You are not alone. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), over half of American adults over the age of thirty have periodontitis, an advanced form of periodontal or gum disease. Not only can periodontal disease affect your dental health, causing tooth loss, but it has also been linked to serious inflammatory diseases such as strokes, type 2 diabetes and heart attacks. 

Treatment for Periodontitis

The good news is that periodontal disease is treatable with periodontal therapy. In many cases, the effects can be reversed or controlled to stop the disease from progressing. Our hygienists and Dr. Atencio at Atencio Family Dentistry can partner with you to begin effective periodontal therapy to treat your gum disease and protect your health. This starts with general dental treatment, such as a deep cleaning below the gum line to remove plaque and tartar, along with home treatments to continue healing your infected gums.

Deep Cleaning, Scaling and Root Planning

Depending on the severity of your periodontal disease, there are several treatments that can be effective in slowing or reversing the infection. Deep cleanings are the first step in mild or moderate cases of periodontitis. Deep cleaning combined with scaling and root planing can be used to get below the gum line and remove tartar and bacteria from between the gums and teeth, down to the root. Removing the cause of the infection can allow the gums to begin to heal and restore healthy tissue to protect your teeth and reduce your risk for further health issues.

Deep cleaning, scaling and root planing, along with regular dental checkups and home treatments, can effectively control and treat periodontal disease. Contact us today at Atencio Family Dentistry to schedule your appointment for a periodontal evaluation.