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Gum Disease Treatment – Rochester, MN

How We Take Care of Gum Disease

Woman with healthy teeth and gums

Did you know that periodontal disease, not cavities, is actually the most common dental problem in the world? Better known as gum disease, this infection can cause redness, swelling, oral bleeding, gum recession, halitosis, loose teeth…the list of unpleasant symptoms goes on, and they only get worse without treatment. Fortunately, Rochester smiles in need can get gum-focused care right here at Gentling Dental Care, ensuring that when they leave our dental office, more than just their teeth will be in great shape.

Why Choose Us for Scaling & Root Planing?

  • Gum screenings performed at every checkup
  • Expert hygiene team
  • Able to prevent future infections

What is Gum Disease?

Red and inflamed gum tissue

When plaque and bacteria are allowed to build up on your teeth, you get a cavity, but when this happens to the gums, gum disease is the result. Bacteria literally starts breaking down the gums as well as the underlying bone, and as you can imagine, this is very damaging to your oral health! Beyond that, gum disease has also been shown to have a strong connection with several overall health problems, including diabetes, heart attack, and stroke.

Scaling & Root Planing

Closeup of smile during gum disease treatment

While untreated gum disease can have serious consequences, we’re more than able to take care of it here at Gentling Dental Care. Scaling involves a member of our team using an ultrasonic cleaner to break up and remove any harmful plaque and bacteria deposits from around the gum line, eliminating the source of gum disease. Then, we’ll gently reshape the roots of the teeth, which is called root planing. This makes plaque less likely to accumulate around the gums going forward, protecting a patient from reinfection.