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Perhaps the most common ailment we care for at Periodontal and Implant Esthetics is periodontal disease, an infection of the gums. Gum disease affects a big percentage of the population, but with suitable brushing and flossing, you can defend yourself from it. Learn more about gum disease by reading on.

A few of the initial effects of gum disease include bloody gums and gum swelling. As gum swelling occurs, pouches of infection between the pearly whites and gums can severely loosen pearly whites, though this occurs only in advanced types of the disease. Infected gums also withdraw, in a process referred to as gingival recession, and this can make your pearly whites appear to be longer than usual.

Since gum disease is an infection of the gums, antibiotics are regularly prescribed to treat it, normally as part of a post-operation recuperation, but occasionally during non-surgical processes as well. One antimicrobial you may perhaps be prescribed in chlorhexidine, and doxycycline, minocycline and tetracycline are not atypical prescriptions either; your dentist will decide which medication is best for your unique situation.

Do you have any more queries about the effects of gum disease, or would you like to learn more? Please call 813-289-3640 now to set up your next appointment with Dr. Gustavo Ruiz and the Periodontal and Implant Esthetics staff in Tampa, Florida. They’ll gladly help you as you learn a bit more about treating periodontal disease with medication.