Gingivitis And
Periodontitis Treatment

Gingivitis

Healthy gums are the bedrock of a healthy mouth. No matter how beautiful your veneers or crowns are if they are supported by unhealthy and diseased gums, trouble is sure to follow.

Gingivitis is the initial stage of gum disease and is caused by poor hygiene that encourages plaque formation on your teeth. Plaque turns into tartar which is full of bacteria that cause inflammation.

Inflammation will appear in your mouth as redness, swelling, pain, and bleeding gums. Sometimes you may sense bad breath, receding gums, or longer-appearing teeth.

Gingivitis is treated with deep cleaning of the teeth over and under the gum and good oral health habits, brushing, flossing, and regular dental checkups.

You must take gingivitis seriously and treat it promptly because it can lead to much more serious gum disease, periodontitis, and eventually tooth loss.

Periodontitis

Periodontitis is a more serious gum disease that involves not only the gums but also the bone that supports your teeth.

Periodontitis can cause tooth loss but it can also increase the risk of heart attack or stroke and other serious health problems if bacteria of the mouth migrate through blood circulation to the brain or heart. 

Periodontitis is treated with a deep-cleaning method called scaling and root planing. With scaling the dentist will scrape off the tartar from above and below the gum line with the ultrasound machine and scaling tools. The root planing gets rid of rough spots on the root where the germs gather and help remove bacteria that contribute to the disease. Sometimes laser will help reduce the bacteria of the sulcus. Medication may be used with treatments that include scaling and planning (antimicrobial mouthwash and antibiotics).

What can I do to avoid gingivitis-periodontitis?

What can I do to avoid gingivitis-periodontitis?

1. Visit us twice a year for teeth cleaning to prevent the progression of inflammation.
2. Use the interdental brushes, dental floss, toothpaste, and toothbrush we have given you specifically for your needs.
3. Make your oral hygiene part of your daily routine. Teeth should be brushed in the morning as soon as you wake up, before breakfast, and at night before bed after the last meal.
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