Periodontal Disease Treatment
Gingivitis is inflammation of the gums (gingiva) often associated with bleeding from the gums. Gingivitis is a form of periodontal disease. The periodontal tissues surround the teeth and periodontal literally means "around the teeth". Inflammation and infection can destroy the support tissues around the teeth, including the gums, the periodontal ligaments, and the tooth sockets (alveolar bone). Regular dental examinations are valuable because gingivitis is rarely painful in its early stages, and often goes unnoticed until severe irritation or receding gums occur.
Professional tooth cleaning in addition to brushing and flossing helps to prevent gingivitis and periodontal disease. Dr. Ing and her hygienist will examine your mouth and teeth and look for abnormalities during the dental exam and teeth cleaning. The goal of treatment is to reduce inflammation. Antibacterial mouth rinses or other aids may be recommended in addition to frequent, careful, tooth brushing and flossing. Repair of misaligned teeth or replacement of dental appliances may be recommended.
Make sure to check with your dentist!
This website contains useful general guidelines, but the information may not apply to your particular problem. Make an appointment with your dentist or Dr. Ing for further clarification. Be smart! There is no substitute for an office visit with a detailed dental examination.