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Plaque is a sticky, colorless film caused by bacteria in your mouth. If it isn’t effectively removed, it can harden into tartar, which leads to gum disease. If you have swollen, bleeding, or receding gums, you may be at risk for developing periodontal disease, which is the leading cause of adult tooth loss. We’ll evaluate your periodontal health and determine a treatment plan to manage gum disease. For moderate to severe cases, we may prescribe ARESTIN, a medication which controls the ratio of healthy bacteria in your mouth and gum pocket depth. We also use Oral DNA salivary diagnostics to find any hidden oral pathogens that can contribute to oral cancer or periodontitis.