Gum disease is far from a pleasant experience. In fact, it can often result in tooth loss and tooth death if it is not treated promptly or correctly. Many people who end up with gum disease feel like they are consigned to living a life with the oral health problems.
The truth is that you can overcome the negative effects of gum disease with the help of our team and dentist. In fact, it’s possible for you to get an even better smile than you had before gum disease struck. It may take some time and hard work, but we’ve got the know-how — and the treatments – to make it happen.
Scaling and root planing
One of the most common procedures that Dr. Anthony Gonzalez offers for gum disease is called scaling and root planing. In many instances, this treatment is referred to as a deep cleaning simply because it involves thoroughly cleaning the plaque and tartar off your teeth, both above and below the gum line. You cannot perform a scaling and root planing treatment at home, which is why it is important that you notify our team if you notice any of the signs of gum disease or changes in your oral health.
Flossing and mouthwash
While those who develop gum disease will need professional treatment, patients can work to prevent gum disease and prevent it from getting worse by maintaining a good oral hygiene routine at home. This includes brushing your teeth, but more importantly, it includes flossing. Flossing allows you to clean between the teeth and beneath the gum line: two places that plaque and bacteria love to hang out. If, however, your gum disease is too advanced to properly use traditional floss, you could try using a waterpik.
In addition to flossing, mouthwash is another line of defense that you can use on a regular basis. Many mouthwashes are made to kill harmful bacteria, thus preventing the development of gum disease and the progression of it.
Gum disease is something you can both prevent and treat with regular checkups and a consistent oral health routine. For more information about our gum disease treatments in Corpus Christi, Texas, or to schedule an appointment, call us today at 361-387-1507.