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Gum disease is a prevalent issue in the United States. While the majority of gum disease cases are mild, others are more dangerous. If a mild case of gum disease is left untreated, it can escalate into more detrimental conditions that can cause substantial tissue damage and tooth loss. When gum disease is treated early on, it is completely reversible.

The most effective way to treat gum disease early on is by scheduling regular professional dental cleanings. Gum disease is caused by plaque and hard tartar build up. Removing the causes of gum disease rids a person of the effects. Some people may need to come in more than the recommended twice yearly visits to be effectively cleaned.

More severe cases may require more in-depth cleaning such as a scaling or root planing. In a scaling, the plaque and tartar below the gum line is cleaned away to treat your gum disease. During a root planing, rough places on the tooth root that are prone to plaque accumulation are smoothed down to avoid build up. Scaling and root planing uses local anesthesia. It is an effective treatment.

In cases where gum disease has progressed too far, you may need to consult a periodontal specialist for surgical treatments such as tissue and bone grafts.

The best way to prevent gum disease is by practicing proper oral care such as brushing and flossing. For questions about gum disease treatment and prevention, call J. Steve Morton, DDS in Sevierville, Tennessee, today.