Your mouth is filled with bacteria, some good and some not-so-good. Plaque is a soft, sticky, colorless film full of bacteria that forms on your teeth. If not removed with proper hygiene habits, plaque can harden into tartar. Dental plaque and tartar cause gum disease, known as periodontitis, which is the leading cause of adult tooth loss. A great smile isn’t all about your teeth, as healthy gums are just as crucial. That’s why we provide periodontal care for our patients. During our exams and hygiene appointments, we’ll assess your gums and teeth and ensure effective plaque removal. We’ll also bring in a periodontist to help patients with severe to moderate gum disease. We’ll use specific lasers to scale the bacteria from below the gumline, and can even prescribe Arestin, an anti-microbial medicine that kills the bacteria. Your gums are important to you whole smile, so keep them healthy with periodontal therapy from Canela Dental.