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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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"This is a fantastic Dentist, McElroy and the associates in the office are amazing. Our daughters enjoy every time they are here. Very good practice, highly suggested!!"

- Cody H.

"I would definitely recommend Smiles By Design dental office to anyone who is looking for a personable, honest, thorough, and professional dentist. Dr. McElroy and his staff make you feel so comfortable, you forget you are at the dentist!! Highly recommend!"

- Kelly C.

"Had my first appointment at McElroy smiles by design, and the staff was so friendly and informative. It was an enjoyable experience and I plan on going back in the future."

- Isaac W.

"Thanks to everyone in the office! Great service and very punctual. Dr.McElroy is a wonderful dentist, he is very professional and friendly. He does what it takes to do the job perfectly— even if it requires extra time. I needed a lot of work when I first came to the office, but now when its all done, I love the outcome and my new smile! I am stoked!!"

- Wera S.

*The reviews listed are from actual patients of McElroy Smiles. Individual results may vary. Reviews are not claimed to represent results for everyone.

What To Expect On Your First Visit

Dr. McElroy is excited to provide you a $99 new patient special!


Discuss Your Goals With Dr. McElroy


Thorough Exam & Professional Cleaning


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