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Gum Therapy near San Marcos, CA

Restore The Health of Your Mouth

If you are suffering from periodontal disease, gum pain, or gingivitis, McElroy Smiles By Design can help! Our dentists are highly experienced in providing gentle gum therapy near San Marcos, CA, to restore your smile to full health.

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Gum Therapy Can Help

The goal of gum therapy is to eliminate the underlying cause of gum inflammation. Gum therapy removes dental plaque and hardened tartar (calculus) to give your gums the opportunity to heal.

Gum therapy includes two procedures: scaling and root planing. Periodontal scaling removes calculus, plaque, and stains from the crown and root surfaces of your teeth. Root planing eliminates roughened cementum and surface dentin that is permeated with calculus, microorganisms, and their toxins.

The combination of these two procedures are often referred to as deep cleaning and can be performed using both ultrasonic and hard instruments. After a root planing and scaling procedure, we may prescribe medication to help treat any infection.

Causes of Gum Disease

There are various causes of gum disease. Smoking, oral piercings, excessive sugar intake, poor brushing habits, and inconsistent flossing can all lead to gum deterioration. Some mouths are simply just more prone to gum disease, even when you do everything correctly.

As your gums deteriorate, bad bacteria and food particles have access to the roots of your teeth, causing damage below the surface. When left untreated, gum disease can lead to serious dental problems, including tooth loss. If caught early, however, gum disease can be resolved before your teeth have a chance to suffer.

Signs and Symptoms of Gum Disease

Gum disease is not always apparent in its early stages. That is why it is critical that you visit our office for regular checkups twice a year. We’ll let you know if you have gum disease or are at risk of developing it.

Call us for an immediate appointment if you notice any of the following signs of gum disease:

  • Inflamed, tender, or swollen gums
  • Receding gums (shrinking gums around your teeth)
  • Persistent bad breath
  • Gums bleeding when you brush your teeth
  • Loose teeth
  • New spaces appearing between your teeth

Schedule Your Appointment for Gum Therapy near San Marcos, CA!

If you suspect that you have gum disease, call 760.621.7303 to schedule an appointment with one of our experienced dentists. We look forward to helping you regain your healthy smile! To learn about our $99 Dr. McElroy New Patient Dental Health Examclick here. We look forward to meeting you!


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