Gum (peridontal) disease is an infection of the structures around the teeth. Gum disease can reach an advanced stage before you notice any problems. This can result in deterioration of bone structure and gums and and tooth loss. Dr. Roman Dziubyk and Dr. Lorelei Grise at Suburban Family Dental, which is located in Des Plaines, IL, provides state-of-the-art treatments for patients with gum disease.
Preventing Gum Disease
Brushing Twice a Day- Brushing your teeth is an important part of your dental care routine. You can help prevent gum disease by brushing your teeth twice a day. Brush for a few minutes, at least twice a day, with fluoridated toothpaste. For the vast majority of people, a soft-bristled toothbrush will be the safest choice.
Flossing Daily- The American Dental Association recommends cleaning between teeth with dental floss or another interdental cleaner once a day. Tartar and plaque buildup on the teeth can lead to gum disease. Flossing daily removes plaque that brushing alone does not reach.
Using a Mouth Rinse- Therapeutic mouth rinses can help prevent gum disease. Some mouth rinses fight the bacteria present in plaque, a sticky film that forms on teeth and gums. Plaque bacteria create toxins that can damage the gums.
Avoid Tobacco- As you probably already know, tobacco use is linked with many serious diseases such as lung disease, cancer and heart disease, as well as numerous other health problems. What you may not know is that tobacco users also are at increased risk for gum disease.
Gum Disease Treatments
Root Scaling and Planing- Root scaling and planing cleans between the teeth and gums down to the roots. Root scaling and planing is one of the most effective ways to treat periodontal disease before it becomes severe.
Antibiotics- Your Des Plaines dentist can prescribe antibiotics in different forms to treat gum disease. Antibiotics kill bacteria. Plaque contains bacteria, so antibiotics will reduce the amount of plaque in your mouth. This can reverse gum disease and allow your gums to heal.
Surgical Treatments- If you have advanced gum disease, your gum tissue may not respond to good oral hygiene and nonsurgical treatments. In that case, your dentist may recommend surgery. Surgery is needed when the tissue is unhealthy and cannot be repaired with nonsurgical treatments.
Oral Hygiene- The best way to treat periodontal disease is to practice good oral hygiene. Gingivitis is a mild form of periodontal disease that can usually be reversed with daily brushing and flossing, and professional dental cleanings by a dentist. Some dentists also recommend specialized toothbrushes, which may be a more effective method of removing plaque than standard toothbrushes.
Gum disease is a progressive disorder that if left untreated will worsen over time. Say goodbye to gum disease for good! If you want a healthy smile, call Suburban Family Dental in Des Plaines, IL at (847) 640-0778 today to schedule your dental appointment. We will help you get rid of gum disease once and for all.