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Your gums and underlying bone provide the foundation for your teeth so it is very important to keep them healthy. Periodontal or gum disease is caused by inflammation in the gums which can progress to an infection of the gum and bone, resulting in loss of the bone supporting the tooth and the tooth becoming shaky. It is the number one cause of tooth loss.  If detected early, it can be treated and sometimes reversed before there are any adverse effects to the teeth. If left untreated, it can worsen and the teeth may later require extraction.

The first step in treating periodontal disease is through a procedure called scaling and root planing. This procedure is essentially a very deep cleaning which helps to remove bacteria from the surface of the teeth and below the gum line. To ensure your comfort, the area of your mouth to be treated is numbed up before the deep cleaning is done. The teeth are lastly washed with an antimicrobial agent.


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