Gum disease (Gingivitis and Periodontitis) is a bacterial infection of the tissue around the teeth. Gum disease is the #1 reason for tooth loss in America today. Once under the gums, bacteria can travel into the bloodstream and affect other parts of the body. Pain is not usually the first sign of gum disease; however, the first indication may be bleeding gums. This is the stage of gum disease that is the easiest to treat BEFORE permanent bone infection and bone loss occurs, leading to what is known as periodontitis.
While brushing and flossing are very important in maintaining a beautiful and healthy smile, getting a professional dental cleaning helps to remove the plaque and tartar buildup that a toothbrush and floss can’t reach. Our highly skilled and trained hygienists work hard to eliminate the hard to reach bacteria in order to help our patients with their oral health and well-being. Professional cleanings 2, 3 or even 4 times per year is a great way to stay healthy.