An estimated 80% of American adults have some form of gum disease. When left alone, bacteria in our mouths form plaque on the teeth, which eventually hardens into tartar. Tartar can only be removed by professional dental cleaning. Worse, the longer plaque and tartar exist on your teeth, the more harmful the bacteria become to your gums.
You might already need periodontal therapy, especially if you have:
It only takes 24 hours for bacteria to become dangerous enough to cause gum disease. With our gum disease therapy, we’ll remove the plaque and tartar above and below the gum line. Once we’ve completed treatment, you can ensure continued good gum health by brushing twice and flossing once a day.
Our professional, friendly dental team will make sure you have a wonderful experience at Moreno & Young Dental. We provide comprehensive preventive, family, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry services for Bellingham, Ferndale, Lynden, Everson, and surrounding areas.
In some cases, more frequent professional teeth cleanings are adequate to renew oral health, but many gum disease sufferers need a combination of two advanced therapies – scaling and root planing. Scaling is the systematic removal of plaque and tartar buildup. Root planing is a procedure that smooths tooth roots in order to prevent future buildup. Once completed, scaling and root planing significantly reduces patients’ risk for the progression of gum disease to surrounding areas and prevents further dental damage.
Plaque buildup at and below the gum line leads to gum disease. One way we can help those who suffer from periodontal disease is to reduce the amount of plaque producing bacteria present in the mouth. That’s why we often use Arestin antibiotic therapy as part of a periodontal therapy plan. This topical antibiotic can be placed following regular deep cleanings to keep teeth and gums healthier between periodontal maintenance appointments.