Everyone is susceptible to periodontal (gum) disease; however you can lessen your chances of getting it by having good oral hygiene at home and going to your regular dental visits. It is often painless and some patients don’t even realize they have it. By traveling from the mouth and into the blood stream, gum disease can affect different organs of the body, such as the heart, liver, and even an unborn fetus in a mother.
Each case is different and the dentist will determine how often it is needed to come in. With your visit the dentist or dental hygienist will perform a deep cleaning, which goes below the gum line to clean out calculus that has built up. Dr. Updike also uses a specialized mouth rinse to remove bacteria and soothe the gums.