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17 N. Main Street, Smyrna, DE 19977

What is Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal disease is a gum infection caused by a buildup of plaque on your teeth. When this plaque remains in contact with gums it causes a reaction in the gums that in its early stages is called gingivitis. If gingivitis is not discovered and treated on a timely basis, it will get worse and worse until gums recede leaving teeth vulnerable to decay, abscesses, and tooth loss; your child may feel sick or be more prone to illness; and the bones that support his or her face can be affected.

We believe that every child should have this treatment if needed. If your child is showing any signs or symptoms of this dangerous disease, please call us. We will work with you to get your child the care she needs. We believe in saving those teeth before it is too late.

Here at The Smile Place, we use lasers, ultrasound cleaning, and irrigation to clean away all plaque, tartar, and infected gum tissues, allowing gums to quickly heal. We usually start with a deep-cleaning method called scaling or root planing to remove plaque and tartar from teeth above and below the gum line. This is usually supplemented by laser gum therapy in which we use a soft-tissue laser to remove diseased tissue. To improve home health care, we also offer electric toothbrushes and waterpiks.

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