Preventing the Return of Gum Disease
Once periodontal disease is out of your life, you want it to stay that way. But you’re more likely to see recurring disease once it has affected your teeth and gums, so staying vigilant is a must. Don’t worry - you don’t have to face down periodontitis alone. Our office is here to serve as your ally in the fight for long-term gum health. Check out the most helpful things you can do at home, and how often you should be visiting the office.
Your Anti-Gum Disease Efforts
- Antibiotics - Antibiotics may be a part of your periodontal treatment with Elkhart Dental Center. We offer two unique medications that are FDA-approved to help treat gum disease. Atridox is in a powder form, and Arestin is a gel. Both help treat infection and return even the narrow pockets at your gum line from succumbing to disease again.
- Excellent oral hygiene - Brushing and flossing are key - your mouth is a weakened environment post-periodontal disease, and you’ll need to keep bad bacteria out. But flossing is especially important. Your toothbrush can’t access plaque that’s between the teeth, so you need to get your floss in there to make an impact. Flossing also helps toughen up your gums, so that they can better defend against irritation and inflammation.
- Medicated mouthwash - Rinses with antimicrobial agents will help prevent the onset of gingivitis, the first stage of gum disease.
- Quit smoking - Tobacco use affects your immune system, and makes your oral tissues more susceptible to inflammation and infection. When you consider that alongside all the other negative ways it impacts your health, it becomes clear that quitting is a great idea. You can start with this free online resource.
- Eat well - You need to get a well-rounded diet in order to provide your teeth, gums, and entire body with the nutrients they need to thrive. Be sure you’re getting plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables.
- Schedule regular exams - While the ADA recommends that you visit the dentist every six months, Dr. Lee may want to see you more often so that he can monitor your mouth closely for signs of periodontitis. As the signs of gum disease can be tricky to notice, be sure to keep your appointments to have your mouth examined by a professional.