During Treatment
Your gum disease treatment will depend on more
than one thing, including your personal health
history and the stage of your gum disease.
The first step in treating gum disease usually involves
a special deep cleaning called scaling and root
planing. This treatment may be done over more
than one visit, depending on your personal needs.
Scaling: Your dentist or
hygienist removes plaque and
tartar down to the bottom
of each periodontal pocket.
Root Planing: Then, the root
surfaces of your teeth are
smoothed, or “planed”, to
allow the gum tissue to heal
and reattach to the teeth.
Your dentist may recommend certain medicines
to help control infection and pain or to aid healing.
These can include a pill, a mouthrinse or a medication
that is placed directly into the periodontal pocket
after the treatment.
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Care after Treatment
You will have a follow-up visit with
your dentist
Another dental visit will be scheduled within a
few weeks or months after your last scaling and
root planing treatment. At this visit, your dentist
or hygienist will look at your gums to see how they
have healed. They will measure the periodontal
pockets again. If the pockets have gotten deeper
and the supporting bone is lost, more treatment
may be needed.
Once your periodontal treatment is completed,
your dentist may recommend more frequent
checkups and cleanings.
Regular dental visits and periodic deep cleanings
are important to keep your gum disease under
control. Depending on your personal case, your
appointments may switch between your general
dentist and periodontist.
Keep up with your oral hygiene at home!
Good oral hygiene at home also is very important to
help keep gum disease from getting worse or from
coming back. Daily home cleaning helps keep plaque
under control and reduces tartar buildup.
Brush your teeth 2 times a day with
a toothpaste that contains fluoride
Floss your teeth (or use another
between-the-teeth cleaner)
once a day.
You don’t have to lose teeth to periodontal
disease! Brush, clean between your teeth, eat
a healthy diet and visit your dentist regularly
for a lifetime of healthy smiles.
Dental x-rays usually are taken to check for the
amount of bone supporting your teeth. Low bone
levels can be a sign of damage from gum disease.
All dentists are trained to detect and treat gum
disease. Your dentist may also refer you to a
periodontist (perry-o-DON-tist) a dentist
who specializes in the treatment of gum disease.
A periodontist is also well versed in the surgical
treatment of gum disease.
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Periodontal treatment is not the
same as regular cleanings! These
treatments are deeper cleanings that
focus on getting your infection and
inflammation under control. Be sure to follow
all of the treatment recommendations of your
dentist or else your gum disease could get worse.
Scaling removes plaque and
tartar from below the gum line.
Root planing smoothes the
tooth root and helps the gums
re-attach to the tooth.
Scaling and root planing
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If you use tobacco in any form, it is
important to quit. Smoking, vaping,
chewing or dipping can cause problems for
your healing process and make it harder
for your gum disease to improve. Ask your
dentist or physician for information about
ways to quit.
Periodontal Maintenance:
Stay on Top of Gum Disease
This brochure explains why periodontal
maintenance is different from routine dental
cleanings. Emphasizes that professional help
is vital to control periodontal disease but the
patient must also commit to an excellent oral care
routine at home. Explains how regular periodontal
cleanings reduce bacteria and help pockets
shrink. Touches on the oral-systemic connection
and cautions against tobacco use. New probing
illustrations and before-and-after photos of
periodontal treatment!
English, 8 panels, 50 per pack
Spanish, 8 panels, 50 per pack
Scaling and Root Planing:
A Treatment for Gum Disease
“You don’t have to lose teeth to periodontal
disease” forms the central message of this best-
selling brochure. It guides patients to accept
needed treatment by showing the stages of
periodontal disease with compelling graphics.
Explains how perio is diagnosed through probing
and x-rays. Describes how SRP differs from
routine dental cleanings and the benefits of
treatment; encourages patients to avoid tobacco
and keep follow-up appointments. Also gives tips
for post-treatment care and oral hygiene at home.
Now includes photos of probing a deceivingly
deep pocket and scaling with a curette.
English, 8 panels, 50 per pack
Spanish, 8 panels, 50 per pack
Pricing for Perio Brochure
1 $35.00 $52.50
2-9 $29.75 $44.65
10+ $26.25 $39.35
Periodontal Disease
Don’t Wait Until It Hurts
It’s easy to see why it’s the ADA’s most popular brochure.
This comprehensive brochure uses up-to-date images
and plain language to review every aspect of perio
from prevention to treatment making it effective and
impactful to a huge portion of your patients.
With crystal clear illustrations of probing, SRP, and
periodontal surgery, along with bone loss x-rays and
“stages of perio” photos. Emphasizes above all else that
early treatment is key to preventing tooth loss.
English, 12-page booklet, 50 per pack
Spanish, 12-page booklet, 50 per pack
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Your dentist or hygienist may recommend that
you use a mouthrinse and/or powered toothbrush.
Look for the American Dental Association Seal of
Acceptance on all dental care products.
The ADA Seal tells you that the product
has met ADA standards for safety and
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Your teeth and gums may
be sensitive
Your teeth and gums may be sensitive after your
treatment. This soreness may make you want to
avoid cleaning the treated areas. But it’s important
to keep brushing your teeth gently and flossing
to remove plaque! If plaque is not removed, root
decay and cavities may form. Ask your dentist or
hygienist if a special toothpaste or other treatments
can lower your tooth sensitivity.
Keep Brushing and Flossing!
Brushing and cleaning between your teeth
are important for everyone, but even more so
if you have gum disease. You should brush your
teeth 2 times a day with a toothpaste that contains
fluoride (FLOOR-eyed).
Floss or use some other between-the-teeth
cleaner every day to remove the plaque and bits
of food between your teeth and gums. If your
gums have pulled away from your teeth, special
brushes and wider types of floss and picks may
be good choices for you.
People with diabetes or heart disease
are more likely to get gum disease.
Strokes and high stress also may be
related to gum disease. Researchers
are still studying these links.
Diseases that affect the whole
body such as diabetes, blood cell
disorders and HIV can lower your
body’s ability to fight infections.
This can allow gum disease to quickly
get worse.
Do not use tobacco in any form.
Smoking, chewing, vaping and dipping
puts you at a higher risk for cancer
and other life-threatening diseases.
Tobacco use also can make gum disease
more severe and make it harder to
treat it. If you use tobacco,
ask your dentist or doctor
for information about how
to quit.
Your oral health affects
your overall health
Do your part and work with
your dental team
With the help of your dental team, you don’t have
to lose your teeth to gum disease! Treatment is
most effective if you and your dental team work
Your dentist has treated your gum disease, but you
must also do your part and take good care of your
teeth and gums at home every day. If you don’t
keep up your part of the treatment, it may take
longer for your gum disease to get under control
and you may even need to have scaling and root
planing or another kind of treatment done again.
Is treatment covered by
Check with your insurance provider when you are
planning treatment with your dental office.
However, treatment should be decided by you
and your dentist not by your benefits plan.
If your treatment is not fully covered by insurance,
ask the dental office if it has a payment plan to
cover the rest. Keep in mind that having periodontal
treatment now may be less expensive than
replacing a tooth lost to disease!
Pricing for Brochures
1 $28.00 $42.00
2-9 $23.80 $35.70
10+ $21.00 $31.50
150 $73.50 $109.50
400 $180.00 $268.00
800 $336.00 $472.00
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