We have previously discussed the symptoms of gum disease and how an improved oral health routine can help reverse minor gum disease.
However, gum disease that is left to advance will need professional treatment from a dentist to help treat the infection and prevent tooth loss. The treatment you require will depend on the severity of your gum disease and how far it has progressed at the time of treatment.
Gum disease treatment usually starts with a deep clean of your teeth and gums. Unlike a regular clean you would get from the dentist, a deep clean goes beneath the gum line too. A deep clean of your teeth also involves scraping off tartar found on the surface of the tooth and beneath the gum line, as it is this tartar that irritates and inflames the gums.
A deep clean is essential, especially for those who suffer with gum disease, as there are parts of your teeth that you can’t reach with your everyday brushing and flossing. Areas like these are the most likely to harbour plaque and bacteria which can cause infection.
Root planing is the process of smoothing rough spots on the teeth where bacteria can harbour and turn into gum disease. This treatment also helps the gums reattach to the tooth and prevent further gum problems.
Unfortunately, there is no one-size fits all medication that can cure gum disease, but there are some medications that can help aid your dental treatment and treat the infection. These medications include:
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