Simply put, prevention is the best periodontal disease treatment. To catch dental problems before they become severe, it’s good to get into the habit of checking your mouth daily as part of your overall dental health care routine. Look for changes in the color or appearance of your teeth, gums, tongue, and gingival tissues.
Many people with mild gum disease don’t show any symptoms, but if you notice anything different about your mouth or teeth, be sure to tell your dentist. Possible signs of periodontal disease include tooth sensitivity, pain when you chew, red or bleeding gums, and bad breath. If you do have periodontal disease, the treatment will vary depending on the severity of the infection. Severe periodontal disease treatment may involve a deep cleaning procedure called scaling and root planing, in which the dental hygienist or dentist removes tartar from both above and below the gum line and smooths rough spots on tooth roots where plaque-causing bacteria tend to gather.
Be sure to follow your dental hygienist’s or dentist’s instructions for regular oral care at home in order to get the most benefit out of your periodontal disease treatment. That means twice-daily tooth brushing and daily interdental cleaning, plus regular visits to the dentist for follow-up and professional cleaning. If you have problems following a regular oral care routine, ask your dental hygienist or dentist to recommend products that can make your routine easier, such as electric toothbrushes.
Be sure to continue to check your mouth daily for any signs of recurring infection.