We always recommend brushing and flossing every day, as well as coming in for a checkup and cleaning every six months. These are some of the best preventative practices, and they will truly help you keep your smile bright and happy. However, some issues can still creep up, even when you are practicing the best habits at home. Dr. Ruggiero offers scaling and root planing to thoroughly clean your gums and address any ongoing infection.

What is the difference between Gingivitis and Periodontal Disease?

Gingivitis occurs when plaque and tarter build up below the gum tissue causing pockets of infection that leads to gum tissue inflammation (red gums). This is completely reversible and depending on the severity may require one or two cleanings. When Gingivitis goes untreated it can lead to bone loss around the teeth roots. This is when your diagnosis changes to periodontal disease. Unfortunately most types of bone loss are irreversible, if properly treated however; you can stop the progression and prevent any further damage. We stop any further damage by gently removing excess tarter; referred to as Scaling and Root Planing. If periodontal disease goes untreated it can lead to the loss of teeth.

Schedule Your Periodontal Cleaning Today

If you are experiencing signs of gum disease, don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment with us today. Call Cedar Dental in Cedar Rapids, IA, today at (319) 364-7108. We also happily welcome patients who live in Mount Vernon, Iowa City, Hiawatha, and all nearby communities.