Gum disease is one of the most prevalent diseases in the country. It’s also easily preventable if you practice great oral health habits. However, in the unfortunate event that you should have to deal with gum disease, there are a few different ways that our dentist can treat it, all of which can benefit you greatly. And even if you never develop gum disease, knowing how to treat it can give you valuable information about how to avoid getting it in the first place.
Scaling and root planing
One of the most common treatment procedures that Dr. Steven Grossman may recommend is a scaling and root planing treatment. This is a two-part process of removing plaque from your teeth – specifically removing the plaque that has been left there and hardened, turning into what dental professionals call tartar. You cannot remove tartar at home, and is the most common way that gum disease starts.
Scaling and planing removes the tartar and, by extension, the bacteria that causes gum disease in the first place.
Flossing and mouthwash
If you do end up with gum disease, it is extra important that you clean between your teeth regularly. Depending on the level of gum disease you have, you may not be able to use traditional floss. In that case, a water pique is a great choice.
Mouthwash is another line of defense that you can use to help kill disease-causing bacteria. Talk to our team at Kingston Dental Associates about product recommendations to help keep your mouth clean at home.
Gum disease is something that you can prevent with regular checkups and a consistent oral health routine. However, should you require gum disease treatment in Kingston, New York, we can help you get the care you need. For more information, or to schedule an appointment, call us today at 845-DENTIST.