How Your Hoboken Periodontist Treats Gingivitis
Gingivitis is the mildest form of gum disease. Plaque, a clingy bacteria film that develops on your teeth, is the cause of it. If plaque is not removed, it can harden into tartar, which can irritate your gums and cause them to become red, swollen, and bleed easily. Gingivitis is a very common condition, affecting up to 90% of adults at some point in their lives.
The good news is that gingivitis is reversible with good oral hygiene and professional dental care. If you have gingivitis, your Hoboken periodontist can help you get your gums back to health and prevent your gum disease from progressing to more serious forms.
Treatment for gingivitis
If you have gingivitis, your periodontist will likely recommend the following treatments:
- Improved oral hygiene: This includes brushing your teeth twice a day for two minutes each time and flossing once a day. You may also want to consider using an electric toothbrush and/or a water flosser.
- Professional dental cleanings: Your periodontist will perform a deep cleaning, also known as scaling and root planing, to remove plaque and tartar from below your gum line. This procedure will also help to smooth out the rough surfaces of your tooth roots, which can make it more difficult for plaque to build up in the future.
In some cases, your periodontist may also prescribe an antibiotic mouthwash or gel to help reduce inflammation and kill bacteria.
What to expect during treatment
The treatment for gingivitis is typically very straightforward and painless. The scaling and root planing procedure may take a little longer than a regular dental cleaning, but it is usually completed in one or two appointments.
After your treatment, your gums may be sore and bleed slightly. This is normal and should subside within a few days. You may also experience some sensitivity to hot and cold foods and drinks.
The best way to prevent gingivitis is to practice good oral hygiene and see your dentist for regular checkups and cleanings. Here are some specific tips:
- Brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes each time. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste.
- Floss your teeth once a day.
- Eat a healthy diet and avoid sugary drinks.
- Quit smoking.
- See your dentist for regular checkups and cleanings.
Why choose the Periodontics & Implant Center for your Gingivitis Treatment?
At the Periodontics & Implant Center, we are committed to providing our patients with the highest quality gum disease treatment available. Our experienced periodontists use the latest technology and techniques to help you achieve optimal gum health.
We understand that gum disease can be a sensitive topic, and our goal is to make your treatment as comfortable and stress-free as possible. We will take the time to explain your treatment options and answer any questions you may have.
If you are looking for a Hoboken periodontist to treat your gingivitis, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with us today. We will work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan that will help you get your gums back to health and prevent your gum disease from progressing.
The most common symptoms of gingivitis include red, swollen, and bleeding gums. You may also experience bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth.
The best way to prevent gingivitis is to practice good oral hygiene and see your dentist for regular checkups and cleanings. You should also avoid sugary drinks and quit smoking.
If gingivitis is left untreated, it can progress to periodontitis, a more serious form of gum disease. Periodontitis can damage the tissues and bones that support your teeth, leading to tooth loss.
Periodontitis is typically treated with scaling and root planing, a deep cleaning procedure. Sometimes, your periodontist may also recommend other treatments, such as antibiotics or surgery.
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