Treatment of Gum Disease
The best way to treat gum disease is to practice good oral hygiene, although additional dental and medical treatments are sometimes necessary. Good oral hygiene involves brushing your teeth for two to three minutes twice a day (in the morning and at night), preferably with an electric toothbrush, using toothpaste that contains fluoride (a natural mineral that helps protect against tooth decay),flossing your teeth regularly (preferably daily), not smoking, and regularly visiting your dentist (at least once every one to two years, but more frequently if necessary). If you have gum disease, your dentist may recommend that you have a scale and polish, root planing (debridement) which involves a deep clean under the gums that gets rid of bacteria from the roots of your teeth and, in severe cases, periodontal surgery. In some cases, it is necessary to remove the affected tooth. Your dentist will be able to tell you about the procedure you need and how it will be carried out. If necessary, they can refer you to a specialist.