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What to Do Once Gum Disease is Treated

Posted on 12/10/2018 by Todd Jorgenson
What to Do Once Gum Disease is TreatedNo one wants to find out that they have gum disease. It is important to recognize gum disease as early as possible. The sooner you recognize it, the easier it is to treat.

The good news is that gum disease is treatable. The exact treatment depends on the severity of the disease. Going through treatment for gum disease once is bad enough, but no one wants to go through it again. The key to preventing that is knowing what to do after you have had treatment for gum disease.

Types of Treatment

The options for treating gum disease include:

•  Professional cleaning
•  Scaling and root planing
•  Grafts

Professional cleaning is performed by our dental professionals and can remove the plaque and tartar that appear at the beginning stages of gum disease. When the gum disease causes deep pockets to form around the teeth and gums, scaling and root planning can clean these areas. Gum grafts can help replace the gums that the disease has destroyed.

After the treatment

The type of things you do after treatment for gum disease depends on what type of treatment was done. If all that was done is a good professional cleaning, you need to make sure you are using good oral hygiene habits. Proper brushing and flossing is the key to preventing gum disease from returning. You may also add an oral rinse after treatment for better cleaning.

In the case of scaling, root planing and gum grafts you will have to follow the instructions for care immediately after the procedure. Managing any pain and making sure you do not do anything to damage the work from the treatment is the best that you can do. Once the healing process is over, you need to follow good oral hygiene habits.

The most basic thing you should do after treatment for gum disease is the same thing you should do to prevent gum disease from happening. Learning how to take care of your teeth and gums and visiting our dental professionals regularly is the best thing you can do for your oral health at any time.

If you want to learn more about how to maintain good oral health, contact our office to speak with one of our dental professionals.

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