Gum Disease: Prevention and Treatment

Friday, December 4, 2015

When I see patients in our Delaware dental office that have gum disease, I advise them of the importance of getting immediate treatment as this disease also contributes negatively to their overall health. 

With proper oral hygiene, including regular brushing and flossing, regular check ups, and professional cleanings every six months to a year, you can greatly reduce your risk for gum disease.

The best way to save your gums and your oral health for those who already have been diagnosed is by seeking immediate treatment.

 

Dr. Lechner typically encourages non-surgical treatments including:

Root Planing - Smoothing the surfaces of your roots will prevent from additional tartar and plaque build up moving forward.

Antibiotic Treatment - Antibiotics can be employed to control bacterial gum disease. These medications are usually just topical.

Scaling - Scaling eliminates the tartar, plaque, bacteria, and germs on your teeth and under your gums.

 
If your gum disease is too advance a surgical treatment may be needed in order to help treat the condition.

For more information on oral health and how to prevent or treat gum disease see your dentist regularly.

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