Preventing Gum Disease At William J. Stewart Jr. DDS Run your tongue along the gumline behind your lower front teeth. Do you feel a ridge? This is probably tartar or dental calculus.

Even if you brush and floss regularly, plaque and tartar can gradually accumulate. If not removed, these bacteria-breeding substances cause the gums to become irritated and swollen. Eventually, the gums become detached from the tooth, creating a ‘pocket’. This creates a new space for plaque and tartar to grow. In advanced stages of periodontal disease, the toxins created by the bacteria literally rot the gum, teeth and bone.

At William J. Stewart Jr. DDS in San Antonio, we perform the most thorough dental cleanings possible. Gum disease can be reversed in its early stages.

Our goal is to help our San Antonio dental patients prevent gum disease before any damage occurs. Cleanings include root planing and periodontal scaling. Scaling removes the plaque and calculus above and, especially, below the gumline where your toothbrush cannot reach. Planing smoothes root surfaces so it is more difficult for plaque and tartar to accumulate and grow. It also creates a healthy surface for the gums to reattach to the root if necessary.

To schedule a deep cleaning, call 210-493-3040. We are located at 13220 Huebner Rd in San Antonio. In addition to providing comprehensive dental cleanings, we create mega-watt smiles for cosmetic dentistry patients in the Shavano Park and Leon Springs area. Visit us at: https://www.stewartcosmeticdentistry.com/ for more information about our state-of-the-art dental practice.