Gum disease is often hard to detect since symptoms may not be very noticeable at first. This makes it difficult for people to evaluate the health of their gums on their own. It is commonly believed that brushing twice daily and regular flossing is enough to prevent gum disease. Unfortunately, that isn’t the case. The reality of periodontal disease makes it all the more important to maintain a regular schedule of check-ups.


Depending upon the extent of progression of your gum disease, there may be several different approaches your dental health care team may choose. Steps taken can range from a more frequent visit schedule to gum surgery with a periodontal specialist. Most often, courses of treatment fall somewhere in between.

Very effective non-surgical tools available today include topical medications, curettage and root planing. Topical medications are self-explanatory and can be effective at times. Curettage involves the removal of diseased or infected tissue to allow the tooth and bone to heal properly. Root planing involves the smoothening of the roots’ surface to remove any bacterial buildup. The clean area will allow the surrounding tissue to heal properly.

Your oral health care team will assess the severity of existing gums disease and develop a treatment plan that will address the underlying issues.