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Gum disease afflicts 64.7 million Americans, and essentially, it is an infection of gum tissue, which can cause tooth loss if left untreated. This common disease can also increase one’s risk for diabetes and heart disease since the inflammation releases harmful bacteria throughout your body.

Treating periodontal disease is easy in the early stages and is often reversible. In this stage, periodontal treatment usually includes stepping up your daily brushing and flossing routine followed by a professional dental cleaning. If you have advanced gum disease, treatment may include extra dental cleanings, improved at-home oral hygiene, antibiotic treatment, scaling and root planing (deep cleanings), or gum surgery.

At American Fork Family Dentist in American Fork, Utah, Dr. Clayton M. Hansen we offer scaling and root planing for our patients with advanced gum disease. In scaling, we remove plaque and tartar (dental calculus) from the tooth surface. and with root planing we clean the roots of the teeth, smoothing the root to remove bacterial toxins. The scaling and root planing treatment may be split up into several appointments, in which we treat one section of the mouth at each appointment.

If you are seeking treatment for gum disease, please call our American Fork Family Dentist team in American Fork, Utah, to schedule with Dr. Clayton M. Hansen. We can help you receive the care you need and the smile you deserve!