A great smile includes healthy gums. Our periodontal exams assess your risk of gum disease, which is the leading cause of adult tooth loss. Gum disease is caused when plaque bacteria, a sticky, colorless film, is not removed and allowed to harden into tartar. Signs of gum disease include swollen, bleeding or receding gums. When necessary, our exams include diagnostic salivary testing through OralDNA labs. As part of our periodontal therapy, we use Perio Protect, an at-home medication delivery in the form of trays, as well as CariFree to balance the PH in your mouth and prevent the growth of harmful bacteria. Patients with moderate to severe gum disease can also benefit from ARESTIN, a medication which restores healthy bacteria and improves the depths of gum pockets. We take care of your total smile, from teeth to gums!