The best way to deal with gum disease is to prevent it by brushing twice a day, flossing once a day, and seeing our dentist, Dr. Asad Ahsan for your regular appointments. This will give him the chance to detect the warning signs of gum disease and take steps to help you avoid it. If the dentist catches gum disease in the early stages, he may be able to address it through a process called scaling and root planing in McKinney, Texas. If you are concerned about gum disease, schedule an examination at Vital Dental.

There are several factors that cause gum disease. However, the most common cause of the problem is the presence of plaque and tartar on your teeth. This plaque contains bacteria, and as your gums swell in reaction to the plaque, more plaque, tartar and bacteria can accumulate below the gum line. This leads to gum disease and can contribute to a number of other health problems. If the problem is caught early enough, the dentist can treat you through the two-step process called scaling and root planing, which is also known as a deep cleaning.

In the first step, the dentist will clean the plaque and tartar from your teeth above and below the gum line. He may use a dental tool, although some offices employ a sonic cleaner. After your teeth have been cleaned, the dentist will schedule you for a second visit, when he will clean and smooth the roots of your teeth so that they will have a healthy attachment to your jaw bone. A local anesthetic may be used during the second phase of the treatment. Scaling and root planing may be used in conjunction with other methods to restore the health of your gums.