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Gum disease is the inflammation and infection of gum tissue caused by the proliferation of bacterial dental plaque.

To treat gum disease, the main objective is to control the infection. Treatment also depends on the severity of the disease. No matter what the additional treatment that is prescribed, you will need to maintain good oral health habits at home. Other changes may include stopping tobacco use, eating a more balanced, nutritious diet to help provide necessary vitamins and minerals for improved gum health.

Our dentist will remove the plaque from your smile with a deep-cleaning method known as scaling and root planing. With scaling, we scrape off the tartar that collected above and below the gum line. With root planing, we remove the rough spots on the tooth root that allows bacteria to collect. Sometimes a laser is used to remove this plaque and tartar material. With laser dentistry, you will have less bleeding, swelling, and discomfort that happens with traditional deep cleaning.

Treatment might also include medications to supplement scaling and root planning. Still, depending on the stage of the gum disease you may need surgical treatment.

If you have gum disease, you will need to brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes, and using a fluoride toothpaste will help. Next, you will want to floss at least once a day to get rid of plaque and debris between the teeth and along the gumline. Along with these daily measures, keep all scheduled dental visits for professional cleaning.

To schedule your periodontal evaluation with our dentist, Dr. Steven Pooley, please call Pooley Dentistry in Loves Park, Illinois, at 815-968-5434 today. We look forward to helping you maintain your healthy, beautiful smile!