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What can I do if I have gum disease?

Clean your teeth thoroughly every day in the morning and before bed at night to remove dental plaque.

Receive appropriate treatment for your condition:

Root planing
Deep scaling of the root surface of a tooth by appropriate dental instruments.

Periodontal surgery
A gingival flap is raised to expose the root of a tooth so that root planing is possible. This treatment is appropriate for managing very deep periodontal pockets with difficult accessibility to dental instruments.

Animation showing the periodontal surgery being performed by appropriate dental instruments for a patient with severe gum disease

Last revision date: 18 January 2012