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At Dana Dental Arts, Drs. Mick, Brad, Nicole, and Monique Dana are happy to help our patients in Spearfish, South Dakota and Rapid City, South Dakota achieve healthy smiles. While the early stages of gum disease respond well to improved oral hygiene, such as toothbrushing, flossing, and oral rinsing, if gum disease is not treated, it can progress into periodontitis. Once you have periodontitis, this is a serious gum infection that can eventually destroy the bones supporting your teeth.

To treat periodontitis, we will prescribe periodontal maintenance, which involves visiting our office on a regular basis, usually every three months, for a professional cleaning known as scaling and root planing. These cleanings include thorough cleanings above and below the gum line, removing hardened plaque, also known as tartar, or dental calculus. Treatment of oral infections also requires removal of the biofilm from the teeth and gums and may be followed up with antibiotic therapy.

Periodontal maintenance is recommended every three months because if biofilm is not removed, the periodontal bacteria begin to flourish within three to twelve weeks. By providing a cleaning every twelve weeks (three months), we can remove these bacteria and keep the condition under control.

So, if you are experiencing problems with your gums, or if you have any questions regarding your oral health, please give our Dana Dental Arts team a call today at 605.642.7727 and let us help. Drs. Mick, Brad, Nicole, and Monique Dana are always ready to help our patients in Spearfish, South Dakota and Rapid City, South Dakota, achieve healthy smiles!