Gum Care and Disease prevention in Hyannis, MA

Periodontal Disease Treatment and Maintenance

Periodontal (gum) disease is the leading cause of adult tooth loss in the developed world. Caused by the accumulation of plaque and calculus (tartar) on the teeth and gums, periodontal disease will also cause the loss of the gums and bone the support the teeth. When left untreated, periodontal disease has been linked to:

  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • High blood pressure
  • Pregnancy complications

Some of the first signs of periodontal disease include swollen, red, and/or bleeding gums. If you notice any of these signs of gum disease, contact our office right away for an evaluation by Dr. Wood. If periodontal disease is detected, he and our hygienists can work with you to create a treatment plan that will help you return to optimal oral health. This plan could include ArestinĀ® antibiotic therapy, scaling and root planing, and additional cleanings with the hygienist each year. Each case will be evaluated on an individual basis to ensure that you receive the customized care you need. Once your periodontal disease is under control, we will design a custom maintenance plan so that you can remain in optimal oral health for life.


In many cases, periodontal disease can be prevented by maintaining good oral hygiene habits, including eating healthy, balanced meals, brushing at least twice a day, flossing every day, and visiting the dentist at least twice a year. Call Wood Family Dental in Hyannis today if you have any additional questions about periodontal disease and how to avoid it.