Gum Diseases Treatment

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Gum diseases otherwise known as periodontitis is brought about by plaque or bacteria. If left out for a long time, bacteria accumulation leads to teeth, gum and lastly jaw infection, which in extreme cases may result in excruciating pain and tooth loss.

Gum diseases progress through three stages namely; gingivitis, periodontitis and finally advanced periodontitis if left untreated. Gingivitis is the first stage whereby gums become inflamed and may start bleeding due to plaque accumulation. If left unchecked, periodontitis kicks in which then affects the jaw.002

First and foremost, dentists take a look at gum disease symptoms that should raise a red flag.

  • Bleeding gums especially when brushing or flossing your teeth.
  • Gums then draw away from the teeth and form pockets around the teeth.
  • A persistent bad breath.

But worry not, top notch dentists offer the best Baton Rouge gum disease treatments. Before treating any gum diseases, dentists will conduct a thorough examination of your teeth. After that, based on their findings they will pick on the correct and efficient procedure to treating your gums.

  • The first step into limiting gum diseases is through thorough cleaning to get rid of accumulated plaque.003
  • In more advanced cases, root planing and scaling. Here, hand scalers or ultrasonic equipment are used to get rid of the accumulated plaque or tartar deep below or above the gum line.
  • In cases where the tooth roots are exposed, gum grafting may be done to ensure that the exposed tooth is well protected.
  • In extreme conditions, gum diseases may deform the jaw bone. Such cases may require plastic surgery to correct the defects and bring back a more soft jaw line and facial appearance.
  • Laser treatment may be used to get rid of the infected gums. Laser offers a better option compared to traditional surgery methods.

Apart from the treatment options available for gum diseases, there ways to help maintain overall oral hygiene which will, in the long run, keep gum diseases at bay.

  • Regular brushing and flossing and teeth especially after meals to get rid of remaining food particles in the mouth and between the teeth.
  • Using proper mouth wash will help control plaque in your teeth.
  • Regular visits to the dentist for comprehensive teeth cleaning since there are areas in the mouth where common brushing and flossing cannot reach. These visits will also help in the diagnosis of any gum diseases earlier.
  • Avoiding sugary foods, tobacco, etc. also play a huge role in maintaining your teeth’s and gum’s long term health.
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