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Dr. Badwalz
02 Nov 2016

How to Treat Periodontal Disease

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Periodontal Disease (Gum Disease)

If you have periodontal disease it can easily be treated with help from Dr. Badwalz, and by revamping your oral hygiene routine. The leading cause of tooth loss in adults is periodontal disease, but if it can be treated then there is no reason to lose teeth over it! Its damage is not just limited to your mouth, however. Gum disease (periodontal disease) has also been linked to very severe degenerative diseases, like Alzheimer’s, diabetes, and heart problems. If you think you may have periodontal disease, or are not sure if you do, give us a call today and come in for a consultation!

How to Treat Periodontal Disease

Behavior change is important

The treatment for periodontal disease is first a behavior change. We know, making a habit can be hard! Check out our other blog post on how to make flossing a habit, it can work also for general oral health. A behavior change is one of the best ways for combating dental plaque from building up. Brushing your teeth for two minutes, twice a day, flossing, and using mouthwash will help remove any daily buildup of dental plaque. If you are a smoker this is the time to quit. The best way to maintaining a healthy mouth is to form healthy habits.

Nonsurgical cleanings

At Pearl Family Dentistry we call our “scaling and root planing” a “deep cleaning.” A deep cleaning involves intensive removal of dental plaque underneath your gum line. By cleaning below the gum line this allows the gum tissue to heal and shrink the pockets it has developed. By having your deep cleanings done at Pearl Family Dentistry, we try to have your cleaning done in just two appointments. Each appointment we will do half of your mouth, our hygienist will numb one side of your mouth and then next side on your next visit.

Routine evaluations

After three or four weeks Dr. Badwalz will evaluate the response of your gum tissue to your initial therapy. In early or mild cases, the healing response may be good enough to return an individual to normal periodontal health. Dr. Badwalz highly recommends after returning to normal periodontal health, that you have regular checkups and cleanings to maintain this healthy state, to avoid falling back into periodontal disease.


The dental practice of Dr. Badwalz is located at 3178 Collins Drive in Merced. He has been active in the Merced community since 2009. Make sure to visit Pearl Family Dentistry at or you can also find us on Facebook if you’d like to join in on the conversation there. Call us today 209-383-6133 to make an appointment for your six-month check-up or to finish any treatment.

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