Treatment and Prognosis
Early stages of gingivitis, can be reversed and controlled with good oral hygiene habits such as brushing twice a day, flossing or waterpiking daily, and with regular 6-month visits to Floss Dental Boutique for routine dental hygiene care. Early to moderate Periodontitis can be treated and stabilized with a non-surgical procedure called Scaling and Root Planning. This includes removing the bacteria and diseased tissues from the pocket of the tooth while smoothing the tooth’s root surface, so the gums can tighten and become healthy again.
Laser therapy can also be used in conjunction with Scaling and Root Planning to disinfect the disease-infected pocketed space of diseased tissues. These procedures also reduce or eliminate bad breath caused by gum disease.
Medication, such as Arestin can be administered locally to control the gum disease. After these processes are complete, it is important to stay on a frequent recare schedule called Periodontal Maintenance to prevent the disease from becoming active again.