How to Fight Gum Disease

How to Fight Gum Disease

Although gum disease affects more than half of American adults, many of them are unaware of their problem. Gum disease can progress quite a bit before you ever notice symptoms. In the earliest stages, gums may seem red or puffy, or they can look shiny. You may notice a little pink on the sink when you brush your teeth, or flossing might make your gums bleed or feel tender. As the disease advances, your gums may look as though they are pulling away from the teeth, your teeth may feel loose or you may have chronic bad breath. At this stage, permanent damage may have occurred, which may mean more aggressive treatments are needed to correct the damage.

Our dentist offers treatments for each stage of gum disease to restore gum health. The goal of periodontal treatment is to stop the progression of the disease and treat and control the infection. Your at-home routine will need to be addressed because any treatment will depend heavily on patient compliance. Good brushing and flossing is crucial, but you may also need to consider lifestyle or dietary habits that are contributing to the problem.

Professional treatments may include a deep cleaning treatment, which removes the plaque and tartar from the teeth and smooths the rough spots on the roots of the teeth. Some patients may need additional antibiotic treatment or surgery to correct problems and restore lost tissue. Call us today to find out more or to schedule an appointment with our team.

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