Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is a serious condition that develops due to bacteria in plaque and calculus (tartar). When left untreated, periodontal disease can lead to loss of the teeth and bone, as well as receding gums. In addition, research has linked periodontal disease to several serious health problems, including diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, pregnancy complications, and more. In order to keep your smile in good health and help you maintain your overall health, we provide periodontal treatment at our office. As part of your gum treatment program, our talented dentist, Dr. Anne Nicholas, may recommend visiting our office more often. While our normal recommendation is to visit us for a dental exam and cleaning every six months, patients with gum disease in Palm Desert, California are often encouraged to visit us more often. During these more frequent visits, we will be able to provide you with the gum care you need and ensure that your smile is staying healthy. Undergoing a professional dental cleaning more often can halt the progress of the disease and help your smile begin to heal. This also allows us to recommend any other gum treatment options you might need, such as deep cleanings, antibiotic treatment, or even gum surgery. For more information, please contact our dental office today.