General dental care will help keep you from experiencing the discomfort of periodontal disease. Good oral hygiene is a significant tool in fighting gum disease. But what happens when the battle against gum disease is not waged? Unfortunately, not just your gums suffer. Your teeth and perhaps your entire body may be compromised as the disease gains a foothold.
Generally speaking, older people lose more teeth to gum disease than decay. When the supporting tissues surrounding your teeth are not kept healthy, you become subject to serious oral health problems. Periodontal therapy is used to fight gum disease when it has reached the more severe stages of development.
Your dentist and hygienist will decide the best treatment for the severity of the disease. In some cases, antibiotics may be prescribed to get the infection under control. In very severe cases, surgery on the gums may be required. Your dentist will discuss your situation and advise you on the most effective treatment.