Some patients will develop more severe periodontal disease that must be treated. The first step usually involves a special cleaning called scaling and root planing, which removes plaque and tartar deposits on the tooth and root surfaces. The scaling and root planing helps gum tissues heal and reattach to the tooth. This is sometimes called a periodontal cleaning or deep cleaning, and may take more than one visit.
Your dentist may also recommend medicines to help control infection and pain, or to aid healing. These medicines could include a pill, mouthrinse, or substance that the dentist places directly in the periodontal pocket after scaling and root planing. Once your periodontal treatment is completed, your dentist may recommend more frequent checkups. Regular dental visits and deep cleanings are important to keeping gum disease under control. Good oral hygiene at home is also important to keeping periodontal disease from becoming more serious or from coming back.
You don't have to lose teeth to periodontal disease. Brush, clean between your teeth, eat a balanced diet and schedule regular dental visits for a lifetime of healthy smiles.