Periodontal disease, or gum disease, is a very serious disease that should not be ignored. If you have periodontal disease, you need to make sure that you are working with your dentist to treat the disease. There are numerous non-surgical types of periodontal disease treatment.
Get a Special Deep Cleaning
First, once you are diagnosed with gum disease, your dentist is more than likely going to recommend that you get a deep cleaning. A deep cleaning is also known as a periodontal cleaning or scaling and root planning.
During the first part of the cleaning process, the dental hygienist will work to remove all the plaque and tartar that has built up both on the surface of your teeth as well as on the pocket space that exists between your teeth and your gums.
During the second part of the cleaning process, the dental hygienist will then use a special tool to get rid of plaque and tartar that has made its way onto the top surface of your root's teeth. Having plaque on your root's teeth can be very dangerous to your dental health.
Stay on Top of Your Dental Health
After a special deep cleaning, you need to make sure that you keep on top of your dental health. You need to brush your teeth and floss on a regular basis. You need to engage in extra cleaning of your teeth and gums.
After about a month, you are going to need to come back and have your dentist see how effective the deep cleaning was. Ideally, the treatment will have helped the pockets around your teeth to recede. If your pockets around your teeth are not receding, surgery may be recommended.
Treat Any Infections
Third, you need to make sure that you treat any infections that you have going on in your mouth. It is common to have a bacterial infection when you have gum disease. If you have a gum disease, your dentist is going to recommend that you treat any infections with antibiotics. Oral antibiotics are common to treat gum disease infections. That means that you are going to have to apply topical antibiotics to your mouth in order to fight back against the infection. Make sure that you have your dentist show you how to properly apply the oral antibiotics and be sure that you continue to apply the antibiotics for the life of the prescription. Just like with oral antibiotics, you want to take the full prescription in order to ensure that not only do you kill the infection, but ensure that your body doesn't develop a resistant to the antibiotics as well.
If gum disease is caught early enough, it may be able to be treated without surgical intervention through deep cleaning, adherence to strict dental health and cleaning habits, and the use of antibiotics.