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When you hear the phrase “periodontal disease,” just remember that it’s synonymous with the term “gum disease.” But more specifically, periodontal disease is an inflammatory disease that can become progressively worse and eventually destroy the gums and other structures that support the teeth.

Yes, unfortunately, periodontal disease is dangerous to your oral health. It is insidious, because periodontal disease is a painless infection that quietly attacks — and will not relent — until you’ve sought the proper treatment.

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

Calculus 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.

Unfortunately, there are cases where mere scaling and root planing is not enough. Some conditions require surgery.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported that half of Americans who are 30 years old or older have periodontitis, which is a more advanced form of periodontal disease. This means it affects more than 64 million Americans, so the detrimental effects of periodontal disease are potentially threatening to anyone.

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.

For more information about periodontal treatment, call us at 760.729.5964, and we’ll be happy to schedule an appointment with you.