When it is in its early stages of gingivitis, gum disease can be treated successfully and reversed. If it is allowed to progress into more advanced stages however gingivitis can turn into periodontal disease, which is irreversible and which can cause further damage and complications. Knowing how to get rid of gum disease is essential to avoid lasting damage to your teeth and gums.
If you have noticed some bleeding when you brush or floss, or some swelling in your gums, it is quite possible that you have a mild case of gum disease. This means that your gums have an infection and you need to treat it. If it is left untreated, the infection can progress below your gum line to cause periodontal disease.
Brushing and flossing twice a day is your best defence against gum disease and dental decay but this will only get rid of the plaque build-up on your teeth. You also need to visit your dental practitioner twice a year for a professional clean, so that any traces of tartar build-up can be removed from between your teeth and below your gum line.
What Are The Signs And Symptoms Of Gingivitis?
- Red, tender or swollen gums are usually the first sign of early-stage gum disease
- Bad breath that persists or a bad taste in your mouth can also indicate the presence of an infection. If you have plaque build-up, this can cause the bacteria in your mouth to multiply. The bad odour is because of the toxins released by the bacteria in your mouth
- Shrinking or receding gums indicate that you have developed dental pockets along your gum line, which can trap more bacteria and cause the condition to exacerbate very quickly
How To Get Rid Of Gum Disease?
Your approach to treatment may consist of more than one strategy and depends on the extent of your infection.
While your dentist may not be able to cure you of periodontal disease, you can manage the condition and prevent it from getting worse. Deep cleaning can be done below your gum line, to remove any plaque and tartar. This process is known as scaling. If your infection has gone very deep, your dentist may also need to plane your tooth roots, which is a process of smoothing them out so that they cannot trap bacteria in their rough edges. This can help the roots to reattach to your teeth.
Some patients may require a course of antibiotics to clear up the infection caused by gum disease. Antibiotics can be taken orally or a gel can be applied to your dental pockets. An alternative is an antiseptic chip which can be placed into the pockets to release the medication slowly over a longer period of time.
You will need to have your dental hygiene habits reviewed as well, to ensure that your gum disease does not return or deteriorate into more advanced periodontal disease.
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