Gum Disease FAQs
What can I do to prevent gingivitis and gum disease?
What gingivitis treatment do dentists usually recommend?Most cases of gingivitis can be treated by regular dental visits to remove plaque buildup, along with routine dental care at home: no less than twice-daily brushing, flossing daily, and using an anti-plaque or anti-microbial mouthwash once a day. In severe cases, gingivitis may require an antibiotic to help your body fight bacteria that are causing the inflammation.
If gum disease has progressed to more severe periodontitis, the dentist will have to perform advanced dental procedures to regain your dental health. In most cases, the first step is dental scaling and planing. Scaling involves removing plaque and tartar below the gumline, while planing requires smoothing the tooth's roots, which will allow gums to re-attach to the roots. You'll probably require antibiotics and a special mouthwash after this procedure, and you'll need to ensure that you maintain excellent dental hygiene habits to prevent recurrence of the disease. If your periodontitis is especially advanced, and you still have pockets in the gums around your teeth after scaling and planing, you may need to have oral surgery to remove tartar deposits deep in the pockets or reduce the size of the pockets, which will make it easier for you and the dentist to keep your teeth and gums clean in the future. In the worst cases, bone and tissue grafts may be necessary to help regenerate any bone or tissue you've lost due to the severe bacterial infection.
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