Gum disease, or periodontitis, is triggered by bacteria.
If gum disease is a bacterial infection in the gums, why can’t you just take an antibiotic to treat it?
Why Antibiotics Aren’t Recommended
In some emergency situations where a patient comes in with an abscess, a dentist will most likely prescribe an antibiotic before doing anything else.
But if you just popped a pill to deal with a typical case of periodontitis, you’d actually risk antibiotic resistance. This happens when the medication isn’t strong enough to kill off all the bacteria, but it temporarily weakens the infection. The germs can then come back “bigger and badder” and tougher to fight off.
Frequent antibiotic use can also disrupt the bacterial balance in other parts of your body, leading to more problems.
Best Way to Treat Gum Disease
Periodontitis usually responds best to special dental cleanings followed up by antibiotic medication, if necessary.
As a similar example, let’s imagine you got something like a splinter or metal nail stuck in your hand. You’d definitely need an antibiotic for an infected wound, and possibly even a tetanus booster. But would that make it okay to just leave the debris in your hand? Of course not! You also need to have the object removed.
Gum disease is aggravated by collections of bacteria that live in dense gooey plaque and tough dental calculus. Unless you get rid of that debris, your gums will always be ripe for infection.
There’s no replacement for trusted periodontal therapies and a great flossing routine!
Schedule a gum health evaluation with your dentist if you suspect that you may have periodontal disease. You’ll then find out which treatment options are best for you.
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Gold Hill Dentistry
2848 Pleasant Road #104
Fort Mill, South Carolina 29708
It’s very common for adults to be referred to a gum disease specialist. As you probably concluded, certain gum therapies and procedures require skills your general dentist may not have acquired.
Should you plan a visit to your local gum specialist?
Your Friendly Neighborhood Periodontist!
A gum specialist is widely recognized by the term ‘periodontist.’
Periodontists are dentists who received two to three additional years of training in gum health. He or she now practices exclusively in the field of diagnosing, treating, and preventing gum diseases. They are experts on causes of inflammation in the gums and often provide dental implant placement services.
Most dentists can provide the same periodontal therapy a periodontist can. But complex cases require more time and detail that only a specialist can provide.
When to See a Gum Specialist
Patients need to visit a periodontist because of reasons such as:
You might choose to schedule an appointment with your local periodontist based on the recommendation of a good friend. This is especially true if you’re interested in a specific cosmetic or advanced procedure offered only by the gum specialist.
It’s usually best to consult your general dentist first. He or she will let you know whether a trip to another dental care provider is really necessary for you. You might be surprised to learn about just how many periodontal procedures can be done right there in your own office.
If you need to see a specialist, your dentist can give you the best recommendation.
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3006 Gulf to Bay Blvd
Clearwater, FL 33759
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