At the first sign of gum disease it is important to get to a dentist and get it checked out, an inspection and in some cases x-rays of the tooth bases, will be necessary. A dental surgery clean up and the removal of any harmful tartar build up is a normal part of the treatment. Once the results of any tests are back, the treatment will usually ensure that the progress of the infection can be halted and kept in check. A change to the diet and giving up smoking will also go some way to keeping future attacks at bay, not withstanding that smoking and excessive intakes of sugar based alcohol products, are harmful to the rest of the body as well. The Central London dental surgery spokesman went on to say that once periodontal disease is diagnosed it is incurable, the good news however, is that it is possible to slow down and elongate the life of the teeth and gums. Regular treatment is a must, as well as the change in regime to our oral hygiene, and it is only through these precautions that we can expect to fight the progress of any gum disease. Root planning is a method of neutralising deeply impregnated bacteria at the root of the tooth. To treat this your dentist will set out a plan to treat each tooth separately, and it can cause discomfort for a few days after the treatment has been completed. Remember that the treatment doesn’t stop when you leave the dental surgery; it is you who needs to make sure that you have a regular routine of brushing, flossing and mouth-washing to keep the disease at a slow rate. Drinking water throughout the day will also help to neutralise acid build up.