It’s imperative to get treatment for gum disease. As the gums recede around your teeth and bacteria erode your jawbone, you could lose teeth. Fortunately, our dentist in Marshfield, MA, can use a non-surgical gum disease treatment to save teeth.
To understand the necessity of treating gum disease, it’s important to know about the stages of the disease.
Gum disease begins as gingivitis, which is a minor problem that you can easily treat at home. This stage of the disease can cause gums to be:
To treat gingivitis, carefully brush all sides of your teeth, the tops of them, and floss to remove debris and bacteria from between them. Also, visit Marshfield Dental Group for cleanings twice a year.
As gum disease advances, gingivitis turns into periodontitis. The symptoms you’ll notice include:
Part of the non-surgical gum disease treatment in Marshfield, MA, will include prescribing antibiotics to get rid of the infection. The patient may take them orally, or our dentist may prescribe a topical that the patient rubs on their teeth and roots.
Also, scaling and root planing, or deep cleanings, will be necessary. During this stage, the jawbone can become involved and start to deteriorate. To remove the source of the infection, plaque, tartar, and other bacteria get scaled from the teeth, and the root/teeth area is smoothed to keep bacteria from sticking to them.
As this gum disease advances, your teeth may hurt when you brush them, and become loose as the bone deterioration continues. Also, the pockets in the gums get deeper and may fill with pus. In some cases, our dentist at Marshfield Dental Group may recommend removing teeth to stop the spread of periodontitis.
If your gums bleed while brushing your teeth or they look red and irritated, contact us right away for an appointment to discuss non-surgical gum disease treatment.