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If you’re a victim of gum disease, then it’s best to start taking care of your smile. If you suffer from an early stage of gum disease, there are two non-surgical treatments that can help you restore your oral health. Those treatments are:

-Professional dental cleaning: During a professional dental cleaning, your dentist will remove the plaque and tartar that reside on the surfaces of your teeth. The plaque and tartar are the two substances that are causing the gum disease. These two substances will be removed from above and below the gumline. Even though this treatment is not meant to treat active gum disease, your dentist might recommend receiving a cleaning more than twice a year to keep the disease away from your smile.

-Scaling and root planing: During scaling and root planing, your dentist will deeply clean your smile and will scrape away the plaque and tartar from above and below the gumline. Then, he will smooth out the roots, which helps remove bacteria and provide a clean surface for the gums to reattach to the teeth. This treatment is done under a local anesthetic to prevent pain and discomfort.

If you would like to learn more about professional dental cleanings or scaling and root planing treatment in Venice, Florida, please call our office today at 941-451-7059 and talk to a member of our George Strickland, DDS dental team. We also encourage you to schedule an appointment with your dentist, Dr. George Strickland, as soon as possible so you can receive the treatment you need.