Periodontal disease can slowly develop in your mouth over time. This is where Atlantic Dentistry can help you. Come in for routine general dentistry to help catch this issue before it gets out of hand. If caught early, it could just be that your gums are inflamed. Later stages of this disease can result in bone loss, tissue damage and possibly loose teeth.
Some signs of a gum infection are swollen gums, bleeding gums, loose teeth, pain in your gums or teeth and bad breath. Once you have been diagnosed with a gum infection, depending on its severity, there are several methods to treat this condition. A deep cleaning from your dentist or hygienist will help to get your oral health back on track. This deep cleaning will remove bacteria from your mouth. If you follow proper oral hygiene with medications and prescription mouthwash, your mouth will be back to its healthy state in no time. Later stages of gum infection would need to be discussed with the dentist and further actions taken.
Treatments for advanced gum infection can include scaling and root planing. When you have this procedure done, it is basically cleaning the root surface of the tooth to remove any tartar and bacterial toxins. Root planing is the process where plaque is cleaned from below the gum line. Depending on the severity of the gum infection, scaling and planing are sometimes followed up with antibiotics.
The best practice is to avoid gum infection with proper oral hygiene and regular visits to your dentist. Atlantic Dentistry can help you make your first appointment, and our experts can help you get on the road to better oral health. Contact our dentist office today to schedule an appointment.