About 50% of all the patients I see have some gum disease. Many who come into my office aren’t actually aware they have periodontal disease. Many only recognize that they have a problem when their gums bleed, their teeth are loose, or they’re in pain.
In more advanced cases, I perform surgery that involves cutting the gum to expose the complete tooth surface and supporting bone. Then I remove the tartar and plaque as well as the diseased tissue. If significant bone loss has occurred, I place a synthetic bone implant, so new bone can grow into it.
As a rule, to prevent infection, any patient who has had periodontal problems should be checked every 3 months until the condition is eliminated. Like everything else, the maintenance of healthy gums depends on the patient’s tooth care, flossing, and the foods s/he eats.