Gum disease is a prevalent condition, affecting more than half of all Americans. In fact, it is the leading cause of tooth loss among adults. Fortunately, with state-of-the-art preventive care from a highly skilled Rancho Cucamonga periodontist, you can keep your gums healthy from the start. At Carnelian Family Dentistry, we use advanced approaches to care to prevent, detect and treat gum disease, helping you enjoy a lifetime of optimal oral health.
The main cause of gum disease is plaque, a sticky film that continuously accumulates in the mouth, harboring bacteria that feed on sugar. When plaque gathers below the gum line, it infects and inflames the soft tissues and supporting structures that surround the teeth. Plaque that has calcified in difficult to reach spots is referred to as tartar, and cannot be easily removed with regular brushing and flossing. However, by visiting our office for routine dental care and periodic teeth cleanings, we can help you to effectively maintain a clean and healthy smile.
Periodontal disease in its earliest stage is known as gingivitis. While it may be discouraging to have your gums bleed when you brush your teeth, gingivitis can be reversed with improved oral hygiene and a course of more intensive periodontal cleanings. Treatment for gingivitis may include procedures known as scaling and root planing. Scaling is a procedure that eliminates plaque from below the gum line, while root planing smooths the rough root surfaces of teeth, to prevent the accumulation of plaque. Of course, our Rancho Cucamonga periodontist will recommend the best course of care to stop the progression of gum disease, before it advances to the next stages and causes more harm.
Your Rancho Cucamonga periodontist provides gentle, precise treatment to maintain healthy teeth and gums. At Carnelian Family Dentistry, we provide comprehensive care to address all your dental and periodontal needs. To learn more, give us a call today.