Keys to the Successful Treatment of Gum Disease
The treatment for gum disease depends on the severity of the infection. Gum disease falls into two main categories:
- Gingivitis: Treatment for gum disease in this milder form may involve a professional dental cleaning and better attention to dental hygiene at home with over-the-counter products. For slightly more advanced cases, treatment for gum disease may involve a nonsurgical deep-cleaning procedure called “tooth scaling and root planing,” which cleans plaque and tartar along the gum line.
- Periodontitis: Periodontitis is the more advanced and severe form of gum disease. If you have periodontitis, you may need surgery. Surgical options for treatment for gum disease include a gingivectomy or flap procedure. If the tooth is severely infected or damaged, tooth extraction may be the only treatment for gum disease. (1), (2), (3)
Don’t Jeopardize Treatment for Gum Disease
To help promote successful treatment for gum disease, follow your dental professional’s instructions regarding your oral care routine. You may need to take antibiotics as part of your treatment for gum disease. In addition, your dental professional may recommend certain oral care products, such as those designed for sensitive teeth, to make it easier for you to care for your teeth and gums after your treatment for gum disease.
Also, if you are a smoker, now is the time to quit. If you continue to smoke after treatment for gum disease, you are at increased risk for future oral health problems. (1), (2), (3)