Gum Disease Treatments
Gum disease is surprisingly common, with over half of all of the entire American adult population suffering from some level of this chronic condition. Gum disease is typically caused by poor oral hygiene and occurs when the bacteria in your mouth attack your gum tissue. While the introduction of a good oral hygiene regimen can help prevent gum disease, once you have it, you may need our intervention to help manage it. The infant stage gum disease can be reversed, but advanced stage gum disease has no known cure. While advanced gum disease has no cure, we here at The Mugford Center help our patients control the symptoms of gum disease with several different treatment options available to them in our office.
How We Can Help You Treat Your Gum Disease
Treatment for gum disease largely depends on the type of gum disease that you have. Early-stage gum disease, also known as gingivitis, may be treated simply by starting a good oral hygiene regimen. At this stage, it can still be cured. You can treat gingivitis by making sure you brush and floss your teeth consistently and make sure you schedule dental appointments twice a year, as well. Signs of gum disease often include blood in your spit or saliva. This is most identifiable when you are brushing and or flossing your teeth, red or swollen gums, and gums that are starting to recede. You may also have bad breath (halitosis).
Brushing and flossing can go a long way to manage gingivitis. To brush properly, one must start by using a pea-sized drop of fluoridated toothpaste. Use a soft-bristled brush and brush your teeth making sure to stay at roughly a 45-degree angle towards your gums. You will want to brush all quadrants of your mouth and make sure you brush for at least two minutes.
Brush your teeth twice a day, morning and night. You also need to make sure you floss at least once per day. Start with an 18-inch piece of floss and work it between each tooth, making sure you work the floss up under your gums to remove any trapped bacteria and food particles. Antibacterial mouthwash can also be helpful, but please know that it is no replacement for brushing and flossing and must be used in addition to these steps.
When you have more advanced gum disease, you have a condition known as periodontitis. This cannot be managed on your own. To address your periodontitis, we will start with an intensive cleaning, also known as a scaling and root planing. This process typically removes all of the hardened tartar (calculus) from your teeth. We will also clean up underneath your gums. Then we will smooth everything down to the roots of your teeth. This not only makes it harder for the bacteria to build back up on your gums, it also makes it easier for the gums to reattach to your tooth roots. We may also treat the affected site with antibiotics.
Think You Might Need Oral Surgery?
For particularly resistant gum disease, you may be a good candidate for gum surgery. This can include gingival flap surgery or osseous surgery. We will discuss these procedures with you during your appointment with us.
To learn more about the treatment options available to you if you had gum disease, or to set up an appointment with us here at The Mugford Center, please give us a call today at (410) 260-0790.