Once you develop gum disease there is no cure. However, with a preventive approach to your oral health, we can help you successfully manage the disease and stave off the advanced stages, such as periodontitis. How do you manage gum disease? We can use ultrasonic scaling to help improve your oral health and prevent the disease from worsening.
Frequently Asked Questions About Managing Gum Disease
Question: What are the warning signs of the disease?
Answer: Patients may notice changes in their gums, including a redder appearance and soreness. Other warning signs may include persistent bad breath and bleeding when you brush or floss. Don’t ignore any changes to your gum tissue, as this could be a warning sign of inflammation (gingivitis) or the early stages of gum disease.
Question: What happens if the disease remains untreated?
Answer: Without treatment periodontal disease can continue to progress until it reaches the later stages, also known as periodontitis. The connective tissues between the teeth and gums begin to deteriorate as a result of the disease, causing teeth to become loose or possibly fall out completely.
Question: Will ultrasonic scaling manage gum disease?
Answer: Yes. Using the ultrasonic scaling device, we will remove plaque buildup from the surface of the teeth and from under the gums. Doing so reduces inflammation and helps control the disease, preventing the onset of periodontitis.
Question: How do I protect my smile at home?
Answer: You should continue to practice good oral hygiene. We suggest brushing your teeth twice a day, once in the morning and again before going to bed. You should also floss every night before you go to bed. Flossing removes food caught between the teeth, a major cause of plaque buildup and inflammation. If you have any questions about ultrasonic scaling, then please contact our office today.