Gum Disease Treatments

Written by Christa Gatewood
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There are a variety of gum disease treatments available today. Which treatment is best for you depends on the level of the disease. Many of the treatments can be done at home, but when the disease has progressed significantly, the aid of a dentist or hygienist may be needed.

The Various Treatments for Gum Disease

If you have mild symptoms of gum disease, such as red or swollen gums, you can treat the disease at home with proper oral care. Brushing at least twice a day, flossing every day and using and anti-bacterial mouthwash regularly will successfully treat gum disease. It is important, however, that you continue a diligent regimen of oral care. You cannot expect to see results immediately; gum health will only improve gradually over time.

If gum disease progresses to the point where improved home care is not enough, you may have to have a surgical or non-surgical procedure done by a hygienist, dentist or periodontist. If a dental professional determines that your gum disease has progressed to the point of gum recession or bone loss, scaling or root planing may be needed. These non-surgical procedures clean the plaque and tartar from the tooth and root so that gums have a smooth surface to reattach to. In the most extreme cases, surgery intended to restore supportive tissues in the gums may be called for.

No matter what the treatment, success depends on the compliance of the patient. No dentist can successfully treat gum disease in a patient that is unwilling to do his part. Committing to and executing a strong home care regimen is fundamental to improving gum health.


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