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How Can I Treat Gum Disease?

If you’ve recently been told that you have gum disease, also commonly known as periodontal disease, you are not alone. Several adults’ across the United States suffer from some form of gum disease. Gum disease can range from simple gum inflammation and bleeding gums to a serious disease that can result in tooth loss. Whether your gum disease is stopped, slowed, or get worse ultimately depends on how well you take care of your teeth and gums on a daily basis.

Factors that Increase Gum Disease

If you don’t practice proper oral hygiene on a daily basis you are more susceptible to develop gum disease. There are also other factors that can increase your risk of getting gum disease, which include:

  • Smoking or use of tobacco products
  • Genetics
  • Certain medications
  • Crooked teeth that are difficult to keep clean
  • Pregnancy
  • Certain medications

Signs and Symptoms of Gum Disease

There are several signs and symptoms that come along with gum disease, however it many people don’t realize they have it due to it being a painless disease. The following include the signs and symptoms of gum disease:

  • Gums that bleed easily
  • Red, inflamed, tender gums
  • Gums have receded
  • Bad taste in mouth or persistent bad breath
  • Change in the way your teeth fit together

Non-invasive Gum Disease Treatments

The main goal of gum disease treatments are to control the infection. The treatments for gum disease vary depending on the stage you have. Any sort of treatment that a patient has done requires them to keep up with proper oral hygiene. Your dentist may recommend certain changes in habit or behaviors, such as quitting smoking, as a way to improve your overall results. Some treatments of gum disease include the following:

  • Deep Cleaning- This type of treatment involves your dentist, periodontist or oral hygienist removing plaque through a deep cleaning method refereed as root plaining and scaling. Deep cleaning get rid of rough spots on a patients tooth where the germ accumulate, and also helps remove harmful bacteria that can contribute to gum disease. In some cases a dental laser will be used.
  • Medications- In some cases, medication may be used with treatments that include deep cleanings, but they can’t always take the place of oral surgery. Depending on how far gum disease has progressed, your dentist may still suggest that you have surgery. Further studies are still need to see if medication will work in the long term. Some of the medications used include antibiotic gels, oral antibiotics and prescription antimicrobial mouthwashes.

As mentioned earlier, your dentist may still suggest that you have surgery to help control your gum disease. That may include treatments such as flap surgery, which helps further rid built-up tartar in deep pockets, and bone and tissues grafts. Bone and tissues grafts help regenerate any bone or gum tissue that was lost due to periodontal disease.

If you feel that you may be suffering from gum disease, contact Advanced Dental Group at (561) 220-4808to schedule a consultation today! Or visit our website at www.advanceddentalgrp.com for information regarding periodontal disease.