Periodontal disease, better known simply as gum disease, affects millions of US adults. In fact, some research indicates that 80% of adults over the age of 35 suffer from some form of this oral health concern. The mild form of gum disease is called gingivitis. Most patients do not recognize the subtle warning signs associated with this form of gum disease, and without diagnosis during a regular dental checkup, the disease can develop into the more severe periodontitis. When caught in the early stages, gum disease can often be treated by simply scheduling more frequent professional teeth cleanings. Severe cases of periodontal disease will require more advanced treatments including scaling (the removal of plaque and tartar buildup) and root planing (the smoothing of tooth roots to prevent future buildup). We offer comfortable effective treatment using the Millennium Periolase soft-tissue laser for scaling and root planing. Antibiotic therapy may also be necessary to reduce the levels of bacteria in the mouth.