Gums and bones are the foundation of any smile. Many people who have lost all their teeth have lost them because the gums and bones have eroded away. Dr. Merkley and his staff of highly trained hygienists work hard to keep this foundation strong and healthy. Dr. Merkley and his hygienists work as a team to resolve any signs of periodontal disease. They help patients learn what they can do at home to better care for their gums and teeth. With excellent home care and regularly scheduled professional cleanings, our patients are able to keep all their teeth throughout their entire lives.