Gum Disease Treatment
According to the CDC, nearly half of all American adults have some form of gum disease. Gum disease is a bacterial infection of the gum tissue. If left untreated, it can destroy the soft tissue and bone structure supporting the teeth. This, in turn, can lead to tooth loss. Diagnosing a gum infection involves your dentist performing a periodontal exam to check your gums for signs of gingivitis. Your dentist will also check to see if you have bone loss, receding gums, or changes in how your teeth fit together.
If your gums show any signs of gum disease, your dentist will likely recommend a deep cleaning to help remove the plaque and tartar that have built up on your teeth. Your dentist might also prescribe oral antibiotics or a prescription mouthwash to help treat your gum disease.
Periodontal Disease Treatment
Periodontal disease is a serious infection that damages the gums, the tissue that supports the teeth, and the jawbone. It can impact the health of the rest of the body. This disease causes red, swollen gums, bleeding while brushing and flossing, loose teeth, and bad breath. It can also cause problems with eating and speaking.
The dentist will most probably suggest you undergo scaling and root planning. This treatment removes plaque and tartar from below the gum line, preventing infection and saving teeth.