• Gum disease is due to pathogenic bacteria in the mouth that cause a chronic inflammatory reaction which destroys the gums and bones that support the teeth.
  • Pocketing and recession are the result of the disease, not its cause.
  • Diagnosis of gum disease requires more than a probe to measure pocket depths. It requires an analysis of the periodontal pathogens causing the disease.
  • Research shows that up to 65% of the population in the United States has some degree of periodontal disease.
  • Gum disease has no cure but can be controlled with proper monitoring and maintenance in the dental office and at home.
  • SRP is a non-surgical procedure to reduce the pathogenic bacteria under the gums.
  • Genetic factors, as well as acquired risk factors such as diabetes mellitus and exposure to tobacco, accelerate the inflammatory processes of gum disease.