Perodontal disease is most common in adults. Teenagers rarely develop periodontitis, but they can get gingivitis, the milder form of gum disease. Most commonly, gum disease happens when plaque builds up along and under the gum line.
Gum Disease Therapy
The main goal of treatment is to control the infection. Our dental hygienist removes the plaque through a deep-cleaning method called scaling and root planning, or gum disease therapy. Scaling means scraping off the tartar from above and below the gum line. Root planing gets rid of rough spots on the tooth root where the germs gather, and helps remove bacteria that contribute to the disease.