If you notice that you have swollen gums, “pink in the sink” when you brush, sore gums, or other symptoms of gum disease, it can be easy to think it is not a big issue. However, research continues to unfold on the many negative health effects of gum disease, including deadly conditions such as strokes, heart attacks, and diabetes. It is important for not only your oral health, but also your overall health and wellbeing to get the periodontitis or gingivitis treatment you need. At Martin Taylor Dentistry in Tucson, AZ, we take a comprehensive approach to gum disease treatment.
A variety of effective gum disease treatment options are available, and the right treatment regimen for you depends on your individual symptoms and the severity of your gum disease. All gum disease treatment starts with implementing a good oral hygiene routine, both at home and in the dental office. In addition, further treatments may be recommended by our dentists to restore your gums to health.
- Brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing every day will help keep your teeth and gums free from disease-causing plaque and bacteria
- Visiting the office for professional teeth cleaning at the intervals that we recommend can remove any built-up plaque and tartar, which can be difficult or impossible to remove with brushing and flossing at home
- Gum infection treatments such as oral or topical antibiotics may be necessary to eliminate the bacteria that cause gum disease
- More intensive periodontal cleanings, such as scaling and root planing, remove plaque and tartar beneath the gumline and help reduce pockets created by gum disease
If you have other oral health issues that have arisen due to gum disease, such as loose teeth, tooth decay, or gum recession, our dentists will recommend a comprehensive treatment plan that address these issues in addition to therapies designed to halt the gum disease itself. This may include procedures such as tissue grafting to regenerate healthy gum tissues that have been lost, tooth restorations, or tooth replacement options such as dental implants to replace missing teeth.
Whether your gums just feel a little swollen or you have more painful and serious signs of gum disease, it is important not to delay in seeking treatment. The sooner you act, the easier it is to restore your gums to health. Call us at (520) 600-6925 to schedule an appointment.