How Is Gum Disease Treated?
The primary goal of treatment is to control the infection. The type of treatment will vary depending on the extent of the gum disease.
Our dental hygienists can remove plaque through a deep-cleaning method called scaling and root planing. Scaling means scraping off the tartar from above and below the gum line. Root planing gets rid of rough spots on the tooth root where the germs gather and help remove bacteria that contribute to the disease.
If inflammation and deep pockets remain after scaling and root planing, Our doctors may refer you to a local periodontist for advanced care (a periodontist specializes in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of periodontal disease). Patients with severe levels of periodontal disease can be best managed through a partnership with our doctors and a periodontist.
Preventing Periodontal Disease
Our doctors recommend practicing good dental habits for all patients in order to prevent gingivitis and periodontitis. Good dental habits include:
- Brushing at least two times a day
- Flossing once a day
- Scheduling regular appointments, exams, cleanings
- Electric toothbrushes and oral irrigators
Our doctors also encourage patients to make wise food choices to help prevent gingivitis and periodontitis. Proper nutrition is vital for children whose teeth are still developing and for adults to maintain healthy gums. If you smoke or chew tobacco, it’s essential that you quit. Tobacco users are much more likely to develop gum disease than nonsmokers. Nicotine also reduces your ability to fight infection and delays healing.
The first step towards a beautiful smile is to call our office at (814)725-4700 or request a visit. Let’s give you something to smile about!