Dental Services in Hawthorne, Nutley & Surrounding Areas

How Gum Disease is Reversed

In order to maintain good oral health, you have to have a good routine at home as well as keep up with regular dental visits. If you don’t, you can end up with plaque and bacteria buildup on your gums and teeth.

If your gums experience extensive bacterial growth, you can develop gum disease that will require a good effort to resolve. The good news is that gum disease can be reversed with proper guidance and treatment.

Develop a Good Oral Hygiene Routine

The first thing you’ll want to do in order to reverse gum disease is to develop a good oral hygiene routine. You’ll want to brush for two minutes at least twice a day as well as floss and use mouthwash in order to rid your mouth of harmful bacteria.

Consider Medications

Speak to your dentist about the medications available to resolve the effects of gum disease. There are a variety of options you may consider, including but not limited to:

  • Antibiotics: These are often used to reduce inflammation and treat infections. Depending on the type of antibiotic, they can also be used to reduce periodontal pockets quickly or over time.
  • Enzyme Suppressants: These can control the way enzymes in your mouth digest sugar that can lead to plaque buildup.

Scaling

If you have an extensive scale on your teeth, especially around the root, that buildup can harbor bacteria that can lead to or worsen your gum disease. Your dentist can work to remove patches of scale twice a year or more often depending on the amount of buildup you have.

If you suffer from gum disease, you shouldn’t ignore the issue. The team at Rauzman & Pallotta can discuss your oral healthcare habits with you and help you identify areas for improvement. Our dental team genuinely cares about our patients, and we will do everything we can to get you a brighter, healthier smile.

In the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, we have followed Governor Murphy’s orders and closed our office for appointments other than emergencies. In the meantime, please feel free to contact us and leave a message with any questions — we will get back to you as soon as possible.

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