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Periodontal disease or “gum disease” attacks the gums and bone around the teeth. If plaque is not removed, it turns into calculus or “tartar”. When calculus is not removed it begins to destroy gums and bone around the teeth, thus – periodontal disease.
Periodontal disease is the number one cause of tooth loss and is associated with a number of systemic diseases. Two of the most notable is heart disease and pregnancy complications.
Symptoms of periodontal disease can be
Periodontal treatment is determined on the severity of the periodontal disease, which is evaluated by your dentist and dental hygienist.
If the periodontal disease has progressed to an advanced stage, scaling and root planing is recommended.
After periodontal treatment has been completed, your dentist and hygienist will recommend regular check ups, cleanings, and home care techniques to keep your mouth as healthy as possible.
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