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3709 Old Forest Road, Lynchburg, VA 24501

Periodontal Therapy

Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss for American adults. Reports indicate that millions of people are unaware that they have gum disease, and about 30% of the population is genetically susceptible to contracting the condition. Other risk factors include smoking, pregnancy, puberty, stress, grinding teeth, poor nutrition, diabetes, and poor oral hygiene. When gum disease sets in, it destroys soft tissue, breaks the strong bond between teeth and supporting gums, and can cause jawbone deterioration, as well as tooth loss.

If your gums bleed when you brush your teeth, or if they appear red, swollen, or are tender to the touch, you may have gum disease. Depending upon the severity of your case, our hygienists may recommend a periodontal therapy to reverse the condition. Our periodontal therapy includes root planing and scaling, and has proven to be very effective ways of tackling gum disease.

Root planing and scaling involves removing the bacteria that deteriorate the health of your teeth. The process removes plaque and tartar from between the teeth and below the gum line. We get the hard-to-reach areas that your toothbrush can’t reach.

The reason why taking care of your gum disease is so important is because it can lead to a lot more serious conditions if tackled right away. We’ve mentioned gum disease can lead to bone deterioration and tooth loss, but it can also lead to oral cancer, dementia, heart disease, stroke, and others. If you feel as though you are suffering from signs of gum disease, make an appointment at our office as soon as possible so we can get you in the best oral health possible.