According to the Centers for Disease Control, about half of Americans aged 30 and older has periodontal disease. This chronic inflammatory disease affects the gum tissue and bone that supports the teeth. When left untreated, it leads to tooth loss. Periodontal disease also has been associated with diabetes, cardiovascular disease and high blood pressure. Fortunately, gum disease is preventable and treatable. We’ll look at gum disease prevention and treatment options that you should consider.
Gum Disease Prevention and Treatment.
One of the first steps in treating periodontitis is generally a deep cleaning, called scaling and root planing. Your Tulsa dentist will remove all the plaque and tartar above and below the gumline. Then, the dentist smooths out the teeth roots to help your gums reattach to the teeth and to prevent bacteria from attacking the roots. It may take more than one visit to complete the scaling and root planing. You may also be given a local anesthetic.
After a deep cleaning, you may experience sensitivity or mild pain. Your gums might be swollen or bleed during the healing process. Your dentist may recommend a mouth rinse to prevent infection. Follow your dentist’s instructions for care after a deep cleaning. Your dentist might recommend visits at three-month intervals for a year after the cleaning to ensure that the gum disease is not returning.