Gum Disease Treatments

Gum Disease Treatments Holland Dentist Did you know that 47.2% of Americans age 30 and older have periodontal disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention? Gum disease is caused by untreated dental plaque buildup on your gums and teeth. Dental plaque that has hardened into tartar can only be removed by professional teeth cleaning.

Stages of Gum Disease

There are two different types of gum disease: gingivitis and the more serious periodontal disease. While gingivitis can be reversed by adopting a healthy oral hygiene routine and having teeth professionally cleaned every six months, there is no cure for periodontal disease. Advanced gum disease can lead to receding gums, tooth loss, and even jawbone deterioration.

How We Treat Gingivitis

Gum disease can be reversed in its early stages, which is why it’s important to schedule a professional teeth cleaning with your dentist every six months. During a teeth cleaning, we remove plaque and tartar from your smile so you can maintain good oral health. To reverse gingivitis, our dentist will also recommend you improve your oral hygiene routine by brushing twice a day and flossing daily.

How We Treat Periodontal Disease

Our dentist can slow the damaging effects of periodontal disease through scaling and root planing. Patients with periodontal disease tend to have deep gum pockets around teeth that collect plaque and food particles. During the scaling and root planing procedure, our dentist removes plaque trapped beneath the gum line and smooths out tooth roots.

Get Treatment for Gum Disease

Our Holland, MI, family dentist is able to recognize the early signs of gum disease so you can maintain a healthy beautiful smile. If you are interested in learning more about how our dentist treats gingivitis and periodontal disease, call Macatawa Smiles at (616) 396-7524, or contact us online.


Dear Patient Family,

The COVID-19 pandemic has been a difficult time for all of us. Many of you have been forced to wait for dental care and we appreciate your understanding while we kept our office closed to follow orders from the Governor's Office.

We are happy to say that we are opening our office for all patient treatment on June 1st, 2020. Our hours of operation will go back to normal, Monday-Thursday 8am - 5pm. We want you to know that there will be some changes at your next appointment. Please be patient with us as our protocols will inevitably change as new guidelines are released.

  • We ask that you use our parking lot as the waiting room.
  • Please wear a mask when you come into the office and leave it on until entering the treatment room. Homemade is acceptable.
  • Only the person receiving treatment should come in the building, all others will be asked to wait in the car if at all possible. The exception will be for our minor patients who may have one parent accompany them.
  • We will be asking you some questions when you arrive at the office and we will also be taking your temperature.
  • We will not be able to offer magazines, drinks, or toys at this time as they cannot be disinfected to our standards. Eventually this will change and we will be happy to offer our amenities once again.

These changes have been made to adhere to the latest CDC guidelines and for the benefit of our patients and our staff. We want you to know that our office has always taken the safety of our patients very seriously and that we will continue to follow the highest levels of sterilization and disinfection to keep you protected. If you would like more information on what measures we have taken we would be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.

We cannot say how excited we are to see all of our patients again and to provide for their dental needs. We look forward to seeing all of your smiling faces soon!

Dr. Habecker and Team