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Although gum disease is the leading disease affecting adults in the United States, it’s entirely preventable, and if treated early on it can be reversed. Most cases of gum disease are mild but can slide into more detrimental conditions that cause injury to your gum tissue and also cause you to loose teeth. This is why it’s important to seek treatment for gum disease early on.

By getting a professional dental cleaning early on when you have a gum disease, you can get rid of the plaque that causing your gum disease. This will keep the gum disease from progressing. It could be necessary you receive additional cleanings besides your twice yearly appointments.

Sometimes a deeper cleaning is needed if the disease has progressed deeper in the gums. A root planing treatment will prevent plaque from building up on the rough spots of the tooth’s roots by smoothing these places down. Another deep cleaning treatment is a scaling, in which plaque and tartar are cleaned off from below the gum line. Both of these treatments require anesthesia and typically halt the disease’s progression.

Severe gum disease will require that Dr. James Hardy use more involved treatments. Sometimes other surgeries are also needed to treat gum disease.

You can prevent gum disease entirely through regular brushing and flossing, which is why daily oral care is so important. Please call Hardy Smiles in Louisburg, North Carolina, if you have any questions about gum disease.