Gingivitis is a common yet completely curable ailment. Early treatment with diligent care from both you and your dentist can reverse this condition, prevent its progression, and dial back the damage of severe cases.
Prophylaxis methods, like topical antimicrobial medicine, flossing, and brushing, are great ways to halt the progression of gum disease and improve your overall health. Here’s some information about what you can do to treat gum disease fast.
Can I Prevent Gum Disease?
With diligent care, gum disease is entirely preventable.
Flossing is a key player in the fight to protect your gums because the spaces between our teeth are hotspots for plaque and tartar accumulation. Brushing is another way to prevent this, but without proper flossing habits, plaque will build up anyway.
When gingivitis is present, preventive treatment with a dentist is your best option to reverse gum disease and prevent progression. To treat early the stages of gum disease, dentists will apply a topical solution that eliminates bacteria deep below the gum line, encouraging the gums to reattach to teeth. Dentists may also recommend more frequent visits to ensure successful treatment.
Where prevention fails, treatments like scaling and root planing is there to halt further damage.
What is Scaling and Root Planing?
When gingivitis develops to periodontitis, a form of advanced gum disease, professional treatment from a dentist is often recommended to prevent further development.
Scaling and root planing treatments are simple.
First, the dentist scales away the plaque and tartar that has accumulated under your gums. It is these deposits that cause the tell-tale symptoms of gingivitis. If left untreated, the bacteria can cause infection and even tooth loss.
Next, they smooth the surface of your teeth to prevent more bacterial accumulation. Smoothing the tooth also encourages your gums to reattach to your teeth roots.
Heal Your Gums at Eola Dental
Dr. Patel offers thorough and effective gum disease care. He has extensive experience in both treating and preventing gum disease.
With our regular preventive care and thorough deep cleanings, we can help you reach optimal gum health. Call us today to schedule a consultation. We look forward to working with you.