Ways to Treat Gum Disease

If you have tender or bleeding gums, then you may be one of the many Americans who have gum disease. Gum disease is a common infection caused by bacteria. Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, left untreated will cause the tooth and the gums to separate and lead to further complications. If you are suffering from a form of gum disease, read on to learn about the different ways to treat your gum disease.

  • Treating Gingivitis. Gingivitis is the early stage of gum disease. It is the only reversible stage of gum disease. This means the patient has pockets filled with bacteria which become infected. Your dentist will remove plaque and tartar on both sides of your gum line. They will rinse out the infected area in order to prevent further infection. Your dentist will recommend you to frequently return in order to prevent further infection.
  • Treating mild periodontitis. Advanced gingivitis is known as periodontitis. The bacteria pocket will deepen further. Scaling and root planing therapy is used to treat and clean mild periodontitis. This is used to remove plaque and tartar above, on, and below the gum line. Your dentist may also give you an antibiotic.
  • Treating moderate periodontitis. If you have deeper bacteria, then more of your gums may have receded. This will loosen your teeth. Your dentist will also use the scaling and planing treatment along with directly placing an antibiotic on the affected area. At times, laser treatment is also used.
  • Treating severe periodontitis. If there is permanent bone damage, then surgery may be required. Your dentist may choose to extract the tooth and place an implant.

Talk to your dentist today to see which option is best for you. Your health is our priority.

Maintaining Your Smile After Teeth Whitening Treatment

You’ve just completed your in-office professional teeth whitening treatment with your dentist at Edinburg Family Dentistry. Everyone absolutely loves your fresh new smile, and your confidence has soared! You definitely want this investment to last as long as possible. How can you maintain your smile after a professional teeth whitening treatment?

Don’t revert back to your old bad habits!

Coffee, tea, and especially red wine are all major stain contributors. If you absolutely must allow yourself the pleasure of these drinks, then immediately rinse your mouth after treating yourself. Brush your teeth frequently especially after eating and drinking stain-inducing foods including berries. If you have the habit of smoking, we urge you to quit. Not only does it stain your teeth yellow, but it’s also damaging to your overall health and well-being.

Follow up with at-home whitening treatments.

Our office will provide trays customized to your teeth along with whitening gel you can use in the comfort of your own home and time. Be diligent about keeping up the care of your teeth and oral health. You deserve to keep those gorgeous pearly whites looking fresh and clean! Visit your dentist at least twice each year for examinations and cleanings that will ensure you a fresh, clean smile. Your oral health is vital to your overall health and happiness.

Call Edinburg Family Dentistry today to schedule a teeth whitening treatment for you! This affordable investment is just what you need to build up for confidence and feel great about a new you! Call us for any more questions you may have or if you are contemplating a teeth whitening treatment.