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Prevent and Treat Gum Disease

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Prevent and Treat Gum Disease 

Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is a common dental problem that affects many people around the world. It is caused by the buildup of plaque, a sticky film of bacteria that forms on the teeth and gums, and can lead to inflammation, bleeding, and eventually tooth loss if left untreated.

Prevention of Gum Disease:

Maintain good oral hygiene: Brush your teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste and floss at least once a day. This will remove plaque from your teeth and gums, preventing the buildup of harmful bacteria.

Use mouthwash: Antimicrobial mouthwash can help reduce the amount of bacteria in your mouth, preventing gum disease.

Quit smoking: Smoking can contribute to gum disease by reducing blood flow to the gums, making it harder for your body to fight infection.

Maintain a healthy diet: A diet high in sugar and carbohydrates can promote the growth of bacteria in your mouth, leading to gum disease. Eat a balanced diet that includes fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.

Visit the dentist regularly: Regular dental checkups and cleanings can help detect and prevent gum disease. Your dentist can also provide guidance on how to properly care for your teeth and gums.

Treatment of Gum Disease:

Scaling and root planning: This is a deep cleaning procedure that removes plaque and tartar from below the gum line and smooths out rough spots on the tooth root. This helps to prevent further buildup of bacteria and promotes healing of the gums.

Antibiotics: Antibiotics can be prescribed to treat gum disease by killing the bacteria causing the infection.

Surgery: In more severe cases of gum disease, surgery may be necessary to remove damaged tissue and promote healing.

Lifestyle changes: In addition to the above treatments, making lifestyle changes such as quitting smoking and improving your diet can also help to prevent and treat gum disease.

In conclusion, gum disease is a preventable and treatable condition. By maintaining good oral hygiene, visiting the dentist regularly, and making lifestyle changes, you can help prevent and treat gum disease, keeping your teeth and gums healthy for years to come. Dr. Stephanie Martin, Dr. Matt Martin, Dr. Lynn Marshall, and Dr. Lindsey Garrison will evaluate your gum tissue health at every cleaning and provide great cleaning techniques. Call us at our two convenient locations. Fishers, IN (317) 676-9588 & Indianapolis, IN  (317) 576-3600.

* All information subject to change. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.