Treatment for Periodontal Disease
Created on September 15, 2014
Gum disease is a very common dental condition. In fact, it is becoming more prevalent in American patients today and is one of the leading causes of tooth loss. If caught in the early stages, gum disease can actually be treated or reversed.
This can be done by caring for your teeth and gums at home – thoroughly. Brushing once or twice a day at home is simply not enough. In order to effectively reverse your gum disease you need to brush after every meal. Be careful to brush in a circular motion along your gum line. You should also floss once or twice a day. Flossing is one of the most effective and simple tools against gum disease.
In addition to adequate brushing and flossing at home, you should also eliminate any bad habits that could damage the tissues of your mouth – this includes stopping any tobacco use. You should also be sure to visit the dentist’s office twice a year for cleanings and an oral examination. Doing so will help identify any early signs of gum disease and allow your dentist to begin treatment.
Early signs of gum disease include bleeding gums, teeth that feel loose, tender or sore gums, persistent bad breath or separation of your teeth from your gum line. There are many treatments available for gum disease, including root planing, and bone or tissue grafts.
To learn more about periodontic treatment for your gum disease, contact Taylor Street Dental Associates today.