Gum disease is serious but treatable. By following these seven steps under professional guidance, you can rebuild your smile and restore your oral health.
The very first thing you need to do if you suspect gum disease is to see a dentist or periodontist. A gum health professional will assess your gums for signs of disease and let you know exactly which steps to take next.
Most treatment for gum disease involves a deep cleaning to remove tartar and bacteria from below the gum line. This step is crucial to controlling the infection.
Some patients benefit from antibiotic therapy to reduce the bacteria causing the inflammation. Your doctor may recommend local application around specific teeth, a therapeutic antimicrobial mouthwash, or a course of prescription pills.
Smoking delays healing and makes gum tissue tough and inflexible. Cut back on the habit while your gums recover from treatment.
Now that your gums are responding well to treatment, you must maintain the progress you’ve made. Brush and floss every day to prevent more germs from infecting your gums.
An orange a day could boost your gums’ immune health. Check with your doctor before taking any supplements.
Have your teeth lost support due to gum disease? You may need bone grafting, gum tissue grafting, or replacement teeth. Replacing these lost structures will keep your mouth healthy and prevent you from developing gum disease again.
Ready for healthier gums? Call your dentist to get started.
Posted on behalf of:
Smile Design Studios
6130 Highway 6
Missouri City, TX 77459
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