Gum disease is neither fun to think about or fun to experience. That is why knowing more about oral health and gum disease treatment is in your best interest. Through proper care and maintenance, one can often avoid certain gum diseases, though professional care or even intervention is an everyday necessity for many.
Here are some ways to manage your dental health as well as some treatment options in the event that you do struggle with your gum health.
Achieve Good Oral Hygiene at Home
As the old adage goes, prevention is better than cure. Ensure good oral hygiene by brushing your teeth twice a day with your choice of either an electric or manual toothbrush. Make sure to use a toothpaste that contains the correct amount of fluoride to protect against tooth decay. A good practice is to use interdental brushes or floss once a day, preferably before brushing. You could also use a mouthwash daily, under the supervision of your dentist. These simple habits, coupled with regular dental check-ups, are your best protection against potential gum disease.
Check-Ups and Professional Maintenance Care
Your dentist should be your number one partner when it comes to your dental hygiene’s longevity and maintenance. Regular check-ups allow your dentist not only to monitor and handle the upkeep of your oral health, but it allows them to alert you to any potential future problems before they become a serious issue. You will also receive early treatment for those serious issues that do crop up. Your regular dental visit typically includes a thorough cleaning, scaling to remove built-up plaque (tartar), and polishing. You may need additional appointments to address a specific issue, which your dentist will be able to advise you on.
Advanced Gum Disease Treatment
There are certain dental issues and gum diseases which, even despite regular care, may require dedicated treatment or intervention. These treatments range from simple root planning (cleaning under the gums under local anaesthesia to remove bacteria from the roots) to surgery. The right treatment plan for you should be discussed with your dentist. Should there be a medical need for it, you may be prescribed a specific oral mouthwash, painkillers, or antibiotics to treat the issue. In some instances, a tooth removal or even flap surgery (cleaning deep tartar deposits and stitching the gums to fit around the teeth) may be necessary.
If you are currently experiencing dental health issues or if you have any questions about gum disease treatment, book an appointment by contacting the Family Dental Care clinic today at 613-736-5000.