Gum disease, also referred to as periodontal disease, is a commonly occurring infection that damages the bone structure and soft tissue supporting the teeth. This infection occurs when microorganisms like oral bacteria start accumulating on your tooth’s surface and pockets. As they multiply, your system will detect them and release toxins to kill the pathogens.
The toxins released by the antibodies could cause tissue inflammation. If this preventable condition is not treated, it will lead to tooth loss and an increased likelihood of heart attacks and stroke.
Gum disease can be reversed with non-surgical treatments. On the other hand, gum disease could lead to significant problems if it is not treated appropriately. Here are some of the non-surgical treatments for gum disease:
- Professional Dental Cleaning
During a general checkup, your dentist or hygienist will remove the accumulated plaque and the hardened tartar from the tooth’s surface. This kind of accumulation can only be removed with professional cleaning. A meticulous cleaning will ensure the removal of plaque and tartar from above and below the gum line of all your teeth. If any signs of gum disease are identified, your dentist may recommend professional dental cleaning more than twice a year.
This is an intensive non-surgical cleaning procedure that is performed under local anesthesia. The hardened plaque and tartar are scaled away from above and below the gum line using special dental tools. The root planing procedure involves the smoothing of the rough spots on the tooth’s surface. Smoothing the rough spots will help remove the bacteria and provide a clean surface for the gums to reattach to the teeth.
- Antibiotic/Antimicrobial Therapy
Antimicrobial therapy consists of using chemicals to destroy or slow down the growth of bacteria that cause gum disease. The two most common forms of this therapy are antibiotics and antiseptics. Antibiotics can be placed in the mouth in the gap between the gums and teeth.
Gum disease is the most common cause for a tooth to become loose and eventually fall out. Another reason for the loosening of teeth is a grinding habit. A bite adjustment can be done by reshaping a small section of tooth enamel. This helps to change the way upper and lower teeth contact each other, thus reducing the force. If a grinding habit is a problem, a bite guard can be worn when necessary.
One of the best methods to treat periodontal disease is to practice good oral hygiene. Gingivitis is a mild form of periodontal disease that can typically be cured with daily flossing and brushing and professional dental cleanings by a dentist.
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