Periodontal disease, or gum disease, is treatable when detected at an early stage, so regular checkups are advised. You should follow your dentist’s recommendations for periodontal therapy, which may include laser-assisted periodontal therapy, as well as surgical and non-surgical techniques such as scaling and root planing or gum grafts. This is to protect your gums and prevent tooth loss, as well as to improve your oral health, and thus, your overall health.
Periodontal therapy is an important part of preventative dentistry, as it treats gingivitis and other gum-related concerns. Gingivitis, the mildest type of gum disease that can be easily treated with a good dental routine. But, if it progresses into more severe periodontal disease, the bacteria in plaque will attack your teeth and cause them to recede. Periodontal disease is preventable with good oral hygiene, including regular checkups with your dentist.