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Gum disease, or periodontitis as it’s formally known, is a serious condition and the leading cause of tooth loss for adults in America.
However, it’s entirely preventable if you take the right preventative measures. And if you do contract gum disease, it’s treatable if caught early enough.

Control infection

When treating gum disease, the main goal of Dr. Mark Curtis and Dr. Edward Reifman is to control the infection so that it spreads as little as possible. If gum disease spreads, it can jeopardize the health of your other teeth and your jawbone.

How is it controlled?

Gum disease is controlled by a number of different methods. Root planing and scaling are popular options. Scaling is the process of removing tartar (hardened plaque, which actually causes the gingivitis, a mild form of gum disease) from the gum line. Root planing helps rid the roots of rough spots where germs gather.

Medication may also be prescribed, depending on the severity of your gum disease.


In very rare cases, you may need surgery to help correct any long-lasting effect of gum disease. Bone and tissue grafts are common ways to restore dead jaw bone or gum tissue.

While it’s easier to not contract gum disease, so you don’t have to deal with its nasty side effects, there are many treatment options available. If you think you need treatment, please call us today at 928-277-4754 to schedule a consultation appointment.