Guide to Post-Gum Disease Care
You've weathered periodontal disease - now what? After the immediate problem has been resolved, you'll need to engage in home care and heightened vigilance. This part of the process is key. We need to make sure your disease doesn't return, take steps to change the habits that allowed disease in the first place, and also monitor healing progress, and that's a team effort.
If you ever have questions about your gums, don't hesitate to contact us. We're always here to help, and we want you to be as informed and comfortable as possible.
Steps to Take Post-Periodontal Disease
These aren't universal steps (they won't be necessary for every patient), but they encompass possible steps you'll take after initial gum disease treatment.
- Excellent brushing and flossing - This is the most important part of your home care. You need to ensure that plaque doesn't return to your teeth, and prevent infection in the areas recovering from periodontitis. Be sure to brush and floss gently but thoroughly. If you find your gums too sensitive, ask us for recommendations on special products. If you've never been a flosser, now is the time to start! Put a reminder on your bathroom mirror or phone to help get in the habit.
- Antibacterial treatment - Locally placed antibiotics will help treat infection at its site. At Elkhart Dental Center, we offer both Atridox and Arestin to provide two options for patients with diverse needs. One is a powdered medication, and one a gel. Both offer a gradual release of medication for carefully-controlled dosing.
- Surgery - If your gums were signficantly changed by the disease, surgery may be necessary for both health and aesthetic reasons. Gum surgery will close pockets that have opened between teeth and gums, and reconstruct your gum line. This will reduce sensitivity, help prevent the return of disease, and restore your smile's appearance.
- Behavior change - You may need to give up some habits that have been irritating your gums and may have hastened the onset of gum disease. The major offender is tobacco use. Start by finding free quitting resources online.