Do your gums ever bleed when you floss? Do you experience sore, red, or swollen gums? If so, you may be one of millions of Americans who experience gum disease. The good news is that our dentist in Hobart, Indiana, offers gum disease treatment to help relieve your symptoms and improve your oral health.
According to the, about 47.2% of Americans age 30 and older have periodontal disease. Here’s what you need to know.
Can Gum Disease Be Cured?
It depends on the severity of gum disease. While you can, you’ll need to act fast before it progresses into periodontitis. Once you develop periodontitis (a severe gum infection), you’ll only be able to mitigate the symptoms of your condition.
All gum disease starts as gum inflammation, which is called gingivitis. During this stage, you can reverse your symptoms with a professional teeth cleaning at our office. To keep your symptoms from returning, you’ll need to practice good oral hygiene at home by brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing once daily. Our dentist will also help you create an at-home care plan to fit your needs.
How Does the Dentist Treat Advanced Gum Disease?
If you have advanced gum disease, our Hobart dentist may recommend scaling and root planing to help relieve your symptoms. During the procedure, they’ll remove bacteria both above and below the gumline. They’ll also smooth out your tooth roots, which gives them a better chance of reattaching to any receding gum tissue.