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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.
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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.