Gum disease is the leading cause of adult tooth loss, which means maintaining the health of your gums is essential to your smile. During your exam, we’ll evaluate your periodontal health and check for red, swollen, bleeding, or receding gums. The removal of plaque bacteria is the first step to managing periodontal disease, in which we use scaling and root planning to eliminate plaque below the gum line. We also use CariFree products to treat bacterial imbalances, warding off decay as well as protecting your gums. As part of a comprehensive periodontal maintenance plan, we’ll recommend patients receive routine care on a specific schedule, ranging from every 3 or 4 months to every 6 or more months. Ask us how our periodontal care can ensure your gums are always healthy.