For our patients who struggle with gum disease, the issue isn’t just oral health, but the health of the heart and lungs which are also impacted by this condition. When periodontal disease is still in the early stages, you will be seeing gum inflammation, and at the advanced stages of the disease, infection. At the later stage, infection destroys gum tissue and bone which results in tooth loss.
When seeking treatment for this condition, the options depend on the stage of deterioration. Gingivitis is the early stage and is generally reversible. At this stage, more frequent dental cleanings, along with an improved daily oral hygiene routine can turn it around. Periodontitis, on the other hand, involves more invasive treatments to preserve bone and teeth.
Your at-home care means brushing twice each day and flossing at least once. Flossing cleans what your toothbrush can’t; those hard to reach areas between the teeth, as well as along the gumline. Using an oral rinse can also reduce harmful plaque and support your teeth. Fluoride can fortify tooth enamel, while triclosan (which is an antibacterial/antifungal agent) both kills germs and treats gum inflammation.
A topical antiseptic may be prescribed to kill the bacteria that infect your gums, and penicillin (an antibiotic) can be used to kill harmful microorganisms.
Oral surgery can get rid of the infected gum tissue, allowing healing to begin:
– Gingivectomy is the process of removing diseased gum tissue.
– Gingivoplasty reshapes the remaining, healthy gum tissue around the tooth.
If you are struggling with periodontal disease, we can help! We invite you to call M Smiles at 832-461-1852. Our dentist, Dr. Navid Malik and team in Houston, Texas are ready to help you restore your oral health.