Closeup of a toothbrush with blood on it and in the sink from gum disease

How Is Gum Disease Treated?

February 13, 2021 8:46 am Published by

Periodontal disease (or gum disease) is a dangerous dental issue that, without treatment, can pose a serious risk to your oral health and overall health. For example, gum disease can result in tooth loss, deterioration of your jawbone, malnutrition, low self-esteem, anxiety, and depression. Some studies even indicate an association with respiratory illnesses and dementia.

Read on to learn about the warnings signs of periodontal disease and how this condition is treated.

How to Detect Gum Disease

At every routine dental visit, our team will check your gums for signs of gum irritation, inflammation, and infection. This is one reason why visiting us at least every six months is critical for preventing and treating dental disease.

You can also check for abnormal changes in your gums at home. Healthy gums should be pink and pain-free. Early warning signs of gum disease include gums that are bright red, swollen, puffy, tender, and prone to bleeding. You could also experience receding gums, sensitive teeth, and bad breath.

Gum Disease Treatment

Early-stage gum disease, called gingivitis, can often be reversed with improved oral health habits. These include: brushing your teeth twice a day for two minutes each time; flossing every day; drinking plenty of water; eating a balanced diet; and avoiding tobacco products.

If we determine that you have an advanced stage of gum disease, the best course of action will depend on your unique situation. Some of the available treatments for gum disease include scaling, root planing, and antibiotics. In more advanced cases, oral surgery like tissue grafts, bone grafts, or flap surgery may be considered. Keep in mind that to maintain healthier gums after treatment, you must still improve your oral health habits.

Your Family Dentist in San Antonio, TX

Here at Chandler Dental Center, we offer family-friendly comprehensive dental services. Whether you are looking for a dentist to treat your gum disease, or if you’re just trying to stay on top of your preventive care, we’re here for you. Contact us to schedule an appointment!

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