Practices to keep after treatment for periodontal disease in our Centerville practice
Gum disease is a condition that affects millions of people without their knowledge. We do everything we can to help our patients discover the true state of their oral health, hopefully before treatment for periodontal disease in our Centerville office becomes necessary. Some say that gum disease can develop without warning signs. There are always signs, but they can be easily missed. It is for this reason that dental check-ups are scheduled every six months.
In the best-case scenario, gum disease is discovered in its earliest stage of gingivitis, when there is still a chance of reversal. Past this stage, gum disease requires aggressive forms of treatment and continual management. Fortunately, the process of keeping gums healthy after suitable professional treatment is easy to follow.
The maintenance of tissue affected by infection and inflammation begins with standard oral hygiene practices. During your semi-annual dental visit, your teeth will be cleaned and gums treated as necessary, based on the stage of periodontal disease present. Treatment is a fresh start for teeth and gums, which can be followed up with simple at-home care that includes:
- Brushing teeth twice a day, every day, with a soft-bristled toothbrush. Brushing teeth is something that many people do without paying close attention, which could lead to overly aggressive pressure, or to missing areas that need attention. Mindfulness is needed so that every surface of each tooth is brushed gently, including the area where the gums meet the teeth. This task should take at least two minutes to complete successfully.
- Flossing is extremely important to the management of periodontal disease, as bacteria will hide between teeth and irritate already delicate tissues. Flossing should be performed every day, at least once a day.
- Use of any specialized oral rinses or supplements as recommended. Dr. Cobb takes a comprehensive approach to handling gum disease, and may advise the use of specific supplements known to promote healthy gums.
- Avoid the use of tobacco products, as the chemicals contained therein damage oral tissues.
Gum disease can be a serious condition that affects general health if left untreated. However, treatment is available, and it will make all the difference in your well-being. Contact us for the gentle, successful treatment of gum disease.
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