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Gum disease is one of the most prevalent diseases affecting adults in the United States. In most cases, the gum disease is mild, but others are more serious. An untreated case of gum disease can eventually lead to damage of the gum tissue as well as causing tooth loss. However, gum disease is completely treatable, which means you can easily avoid all of these negative outcomes.

One of the best ways to treat gum disease early on is by having a professional dental cleaning. Gum disease is caused by plaque and hard tartar. Removing the cause of the disease is the most effective treatment. Some cases may require the patient come in more than the recommended twice yearly.

Deeper cleanings may be necessary if the gum disease has spread. In such cases, a scaling and root planing treatment may be needed. During this treatment, the hard tartar and plaque below the gum line are scraped away to treat your gum disease. Root planing will smooth over rough places on the tooth’s root where buildup occurs. Scaling and root planing both use general anesthesia. They are effective procedures to fight gum disease.

Extreme cases of gum disease may require the services of your periodontist, Dr. Kamy Noruzi, who can perform surgical procedures such as tissue or bone grafts.

Daily oral care is the best prevention of gum disease. If you have any questions in regards to gum disease, please call Fox River Periodontics, PC in Geneva, Illinois, today at 630-232-7400.