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Treating gum disease means you have inflammation or infection in your gum tissue. Early intervention can turn it around and is often helped by stepping up your daily oral hygiene game and increased dental cleanings that target the pockets surrounding the teeth. Once it progresses, however, and depending on the severity, you may require surgery to prevent jaw bone damage.

At Home Care

Whether you have mild gum disease (gingivitis) or advanced (periodontitis) you need to brush at least twice a day and floss once. Rinsing with a mouthwash that has fluoride for your teeth or triclosan, which is an antibacterial and antifungal ingredient will remove plaque from the teeth and treat inflammation of the gums.

Medications

Depending on how severe the inflammation or infection of the gum tissue, you might benefit from a topical antiseptic which destroys bacteria that causes infection. An antibiotic, like penicillin, can also destroy certain microorganisms and prevent them from propagating.

Surgical Treatment

Surgery may be done to remove diseased gum tissue to set the stage for healing. A gingivectomy effectively removes diseased gum tissue, and gingivoplasty takes your remaining healthy gum tissue and reshapes it around the teeth to protect them.

If you don’t intervene with gum disease, it will only get worse. You risk tooth loss and potential problems with your body including heart and lung disease if gum disease is not treated and stopped.

Would you like to know more about treating your gum disease? If so, we invite you to call Periodontal and Implant Esthetics at 813-289-3640. Our dentist, Dr. Gustavo Ruiz and team in Tampa, Florida are ready to help you keep your keep your teeth and gums safe from gum disease!