Periodontal or gum disease is one of the most common oral problems in the US. It usually develops slowly without any signs of pain. Check your gums regularly and find out if there is any change in their color, spots of bleeding, loose teeth, persistent bad breath, or sudden sensitivity. If you notice any of these symptoms, it’s best to consult your Kennewick WA dentist immediately, so that he can conduct a thorough examination and recommend proper treatment. Non-surgical treatments such as scaling, planing, and antibiotics are usually applied before resorting to any kind of surgical procedure.

Scaling and planing

Scaling eliminates the bacteria and tartar above and below the gum line. Depending on your case, the dentist may use a numbing gel or anesthetic injection to make you at ease during the procedure. Once it takes effect, he’ll use a scaler or ultrasonic cleaner to take out the plaque and tartar. Then, the tooth surfaces are planed or smoothed. This process helps prevent plaque buildup and allows your gum tissue to heal.


Your dentist may prescribe topical or oral antibiotics that can help control bacterial infection. An antibiotic gel is placed in the gum pockets after scaling and planing. It stops the growth of bacteria and reduces the size of the pockets. Your health care professional may also suggest that you use a mounthrinse that contain chlorhexidine. This medicated mouthwash is used to treat gingivitis. He may also prescribe antibiotics and painkillers.

Dr. Walter G. Hadley’s goal is to provide you with the least invasive and most cost-effective treatment for gum disease. Your Kennewick WA dentist will also create a personalized care plan for you, to better handle and prevent any recurrence of gum disease. If you want to experience the best dental service with the latest tools and technology, come and visit us at Marineland Dental Care.

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