Gum diseases can be treated in many different ways, depending on the severity of the disease.
Treatment Of Gingivitis
Gingivitis can be treated by:
- Rigorous oral hygiene at home, including brushing regularly and flossing at least once a day. Rinsing with salt water or a disinfectant solution (Chlorhexidine, Listerine, etc.) can also be recommended.
- A dental cleaning, including tartar removal every six months to eliminate the plaque and tartar.
Treatment Of Periodontitis
Periodontitis is a more advanced infection of the gums. It manifests itself not only with bleeding gums, but also with teeth that move slightly or severely, bad breath, and periodontal pockets (a deep space between the tooth and the gum).
Periodontitis can be treated by:
- Scaling and root planning, which is a non-surgical procedure of tartar removal and deep cleaning done under local anesthesia. The scaling allows removing all the tartar that is located over and under the gum line. The root planning makes the tooth smooth and free of bacterial debris and diseased tissues.
Success Rate Of Gum Treatments
The success rate of periodontal treatments is influenced by:
- Smoking that significantly slows down the healing of the gums.
- Good oral hygiene at home, including brushing and flossing.
- Tartar removal and cleanings at the dentist every three to four months.