Gum Disease & Periodontal Therapy – The Path To A Healthy Smile
Are your gums inflamed or redder than usual? Perhaps they bleed when you brush your teeth or floss. Those are signs you have gum disease, and you might need periodontal therapy to treat it.
Mild gum disease is known as gingivitis, and can often be treated by improved oral hygiene to remove plaque and tartar. When you brush and floss more frequently and receive regular dental cleanings, your gum swelling and redness will be reduced.
However, sometimes gum disease becomes more serious and you have periodontitis. This common infection damages the tissue and bone that supports your teeth. Without treatment, you can lose bone around your teeth, causing them to become unstable. In the end, you lose teeth as well.
Gum disease affects more than just your mouth. The infection can also heighten your risk of other health problems, including heart disease and stroke.
Periodontal therapy is the treatment for gum disease. It starts with better brushing, flossing, and cleaning at the dentist’s office. From there, you may be prescribed antimicrobial mouthwash. Sometimes an antibiotic is placed in gum pockets. There are also medications that can treat mild periodontitis.
More serious gum disease and periodontal therapy can get into gum surgery and bone grafts. Our hope is to catch the problem before it gets that far and treat the problem early. When you schedule an appointment at Brighter Smile, we’ll review your oral health and give you a comprehensive cleaning and exam. We can let you know what your gum health is and what treatment options can help.
The worst thing you can do for gum disease and periodontal therapy is to ignore the problem and hope it goes away. It won’t, it will get worse. Instead, face the issues and get treatment today. Contact us for an appointment with one of our professionals.