No one wants to lose their teeth. Unfortunately, thousands of people are losing teeth to gum disease every day. This is especially disheartening because gum disease is preventable in most instances and completely treatable in others with general dentistry.
Treatment for gum disease, also known as gingivitis, depends on the severity of the case. In its mildest forms, a thorough cleaning of the teeth and gums and continued excellent oral hygiene will stop gum disease in its tracks. Sometimes a special toothpaste and/or mouthwash are prescribed to help keep plaque from building up on the teeth.
When gum disease is severe, more extensive measures must be taken to get it under control. If the gums are very infected, an antibiotic may be prescribed to get the infection under control. Tartar must be removed from the teeth and the roots made smooth again so the gums can reattach.