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If you have red or tender gums, loose teeth, persistent bad breath or tooth pain — especially when biting and chewing — then you may be suffering from periodontal disease (also known as gum disease).

Periodontal disease is an inflammatory disease that can become progressively worse and eventually destroy the gums and other structures that support the teeth. This disease is dangerous to your oral health because it is a painless infection that becomes increasingly destructive unless you seek proper treatment.

The least invasive approach to addressing this disease is nonsurgical periodontal treatment. Conventional periodontal therapy is a two-part process consisting of scaling and root planing, also commonly known as “deep cleaning.”

Here’s how deep cleaning works: Tartar is plaque that has hardened over time. Scaling is the process of carefully removing tartar from above and below the gum line. Root planing is a procedure in which the rough areas on a tooth are made smooth again. These rough spots are problematic, because bacteria tend to accumulate in those areas, contributing to the disease.

Our excellent periodontists, Dr. Suralie and Dr. Pollack, are skilled at treating all stages of periodontal disease. So, if you notice that you have swollen or bleeding gums, loose or sensitive teeth and bad breath that persists, then these symptoms may be signs of periodontal disease. Please come and visit our office so we can assess your oral health.