Nearly half of adults over the age of 30 have some form of gum disease. In fact, you could even have it right now and not realize it! The disease often develops silently during the early stages, and it’s only once it reaches its most serious form – periodontitis – that you’ll start noticing the most severe symptoms, which could easily include tooth loss. Visiting Dr. Hegazi for regular checkups will make it more likely that gum disease will be caught earlier so that we can treat it long before permanent damage is done.
You can consider scaling and root planing to be a special kind of dental cleaning – one that allows us to hone in on the gum line and the tooth roots, where the bacteria that cause gum disease accumulate. After removing plaque and tartar from the space between the teeth and gums, we’ll smooth out the roots of the teeth. A smooth surface will make it easier for gums to reattach to the roots, and it will make it harder for plaque to build up in that area again.