In the early stages, patients often do not realize the are experiencing gum disease. Early symptoms can include gum sensitivity, irritation, and bleeding. As the disease progresses, it can result in bone degradation and tooth loss. In the early stages, a routine cleaning may be enough to reverse the effects, though advanced stages require more aggressive treatment. During scaling and planing, Dr. Bharathi Reddy will remove pockets of bacteria from below the gum line and gently smooth the rough patches on the tooth roots to help prevent the spread of disease.