The health of the gums and soft tissues in your mouth is an important part of your smile. While everyone knows plaque and tartar can cause tooth decay, not everyone knows it can lead to an infection of the gums. Periodontitis, also known as periodontal disease or gum disease, is the most common condition that occurs because of this infection. The disease is aggravated by rapidly growing bacteria and causes the gums to become inflamed and red. Gums that bleed while brushing or flossing are also a symptom of periodontitis. If left untreated, periodontitis can cause tooth and bone loss. To ensure your entire smile is taken care of, we provide high-quality gum treatment in Napa, California.
Basic periodontal care includes medication to control infection and deep cleaning methods, such as scaling and root planing. Scaling and root planing cleans between your gums, underneath the gumline, and down to the tooth root. The main goal of deep cleaning is to remove infected gum tissue and the plaque and tartar that cause it. In more severe cases, surgical treatments may be suggested. We also provide maintenance information to prevent infection from occurring or reemerging. For more information about periodontal care, please contact Dr. Steven VanDenburgh, our expert dentist at VanDenburgh Dental, today.