How to treat gum disease

Dossier : Gingivitis: causes, prevention and treatment

Treating gum disease, curing gum disease

If your gums regularly bleed when brushing your teeth, or you experience inflammation, make an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible to prevent gum disease from developing into periodontitis. As well as seeing your dentist we recommend using COOL MINT LISTERINE® ANTI-BACTERIAL MOUTHWASH after brushing, as part of your daily routine. This antiseptic mouthwash, when used twice daily, will provide 24-hour protection against the bacteria that cause plaque and gingivitis.

TREATING GUM DISEASE AT THE DENTIST

Gum disease is caused by dental plaque and tartar. In order to stop gum disease, the dentist removes the deposits of tartar and explains the methods to be adopted on a daily basis to remove dental plaque. 

During your appointment:

  • The specialist will begin by examining your mouth to ascertain whether gum disease is present. The specialist will check the depth of the spaces between the gum and teeth in order to do this.
  • He/she will then remove the tartar. This can only be done by a dentist or hygienist.
  • He/she will then give advice on the correct brushing method, choice of toothbrush and use of daily mouthwash to fight against dental plaque and prevent the appearance of tartar. 

GETTING TREATMENT FOR PERIODONTITIS

A periodontologist or periodontist specialising in gum disease can provide you with treatment. Treatment for periodontitis is longer and more delicate than the treatment for gum disease. In fact, if the problem has reached the stage of periodontitis, a periodontal pocket of varying depth will have formed.  There is partial destruction of periodontal tissue; therefore, it will require disinfecting and the elimination of all infected tissue before it is repaired. There are therefore several objectives in the treatment of periodontitis:

  • Objective 1: preventing the condition spreading to other teeth by identifying the aggravating factors (position of the teeth, insufficient oral hygiene, smoking, genetic causes, diseases...)
  • Objective 2: controlling the disease by eliminating bacteria and tartar on the root of the tooth and deep cleaning to disinfect the tooth.
  • Objective 3: repair or regeneration of damaged periodontal tissue. 

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