Periodontal (Gum) Disease Treatment

The oral bacteria that form dental plaque and tartar (calcified plaque) are harmful in several different ways. Some of them attack your tooth structure, causing cavities to form. Others can work their underneath your gums and lead to infection (gingivitis) and gum disease. As the leading cause of adult tooth loss, gum disease is especially concerning, and unfortunately, it isn’t always obvious when it first develops. Fortunately, we can determine if you may have gingivitis or are at an increased risk for gum disease during your routine exam and cleaning appointments. If necessary, we can recommend periodontal (deep) cleaning to remove the harmful oral bacteria from underneath your gums and preserve your healthy periodontal tissues.

Deep Cleaning, a.k.a. Scaling and Root Planing

The main goal of periodontal cleaning is similar to that of routine dental cleaning; to remove harmful oral bacteria and prevent the progression of dental disease. In the case of periodontal cleaning, however, the focus is on the bacteria that have gathered on your teeth roots underneath your gums, rather than their visible crowns. The process involves carefully accessing the area underneath your gums to gently but thoroughly remove the plaque and tartar from the root surfaces (scaling). After they’ve been cleaned, we’ll polish the surfaces (planing) to make it more difficult for oral bacteria to cling to them in the future.

Preserve Your Oral and Periodontal Health

Your periodontal health is vital to maintaining the health and integrity of your smile. For more information, schedule a consultation by calling the dental office Dr. Jack Schwartz in New York today at 212-582-6617 or emailing