Dealing with Gum Disease

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While gum disease is a serious condition, most people with gum disease can receive effective treatment that can either halt the disease’s progression, cure it or both. In the end, many patients can regain a healthy, vibrant smile. It’s possible for you to achieve the same results, too.

Unfortunately, however, not everyone knows how to deal with gum disease. But, along with the advice of our dentists, we can easily come up with a treatment plan to help you learn how to combat this disease and restore your oral health.

Scaling and root planing
Scaling and root planing is a combination of two highly effective gum disease treatments that can help halt gum disease in its track and help reverse the effects. Both scaling and root planing involve removing the plaque and tartar that have built up; one focuses on cleaning the surface of your teeth and the other focuses on cleaning the roots and tooth beneath the gum surface. In short, scaling and root planing can give you a deep cleaning that can get rid of the harmful, disease-causing bacteria. In order to receive a complete treatment, however, you may need to visit our practice several times. You may also need regular follow-up treatments to ensure that your gum disease does not come back.

Flossing and mouthwash
In addition to getting a professional deep cleaning of your teeth and gums, it is important that you continue to care for your mouth at home. An excellent way to do that is to continue a strict dental hygiene routine, especially flossing. Depending on how severe your gum disease is, however, you may find it easier to use a waterpik instead of traditional floss.

Mouthwash is another line of defense that you can use to protect and heal your mouth. By using a mouthwash that contains alcohol, you can kill the bacteria that cause gum disease.

You can prevent gum disease by regularly visiting the dentist and caring for your smile at home. However, should you require gum disease treatments in Marriottsville, Maryland, Dr. Roschella, Dr. Zinger and Dr. Brown can help. Just give RZ Dental Group a call at (410)-442-5678, and we can set up your appointment.