Ways to reverse gum disease by Milton, ON area dentist
Gum disease, also referred to as “periodontal disease,” is an infection of the mouth that can impact the smile dramatically. Dr. Jameela Jifri and her team at Scott and Derry Dental Care of Milton, ON can assist patients in not only avoiding the development of gum disease but learn about ways to reverse the early stages of it.
What is gum disease?
Understanding gum disease can help a patient understand the importance of treatment. The early stage of gum disease, referred to as gingivitis, is the beginning stage of the infection. Bacteria in the mouth become trapped in the gum tissues, typically between the gums and the teeth, creating small pockets where bacteria thrive and grow. The infection is often noticeable in the early stages with symptoms such as:
- Persistent halitosis (bad breath)
- Red and swollen gum tissues
- Bleeding when brushing and flossing
At this point, the condition can be easily reversed. However, if gingivitis goes undiagnosed and untreated, it can become more severe and develop into periodontitis. At this point, certain treatments may be needed to bring the smile back to health, including scaling and root planing and treatment with antibiotics. Patients may experience irreversible damage, including the loss of gum tissue, bone, and teeth.
Ways to reverse gum disease
The best way to reverse the condition in the earliest stages is to work with Dr. Jameela Jifri of Scott and Derry Dental Care to discuss options. First and foremost, patients can work with their dentist to develop a treatment plan. This treatment plan may include increasing the amount of time and number of times of brushing the teeth each day, using a saltwater rinse after brushing, and taking antibiotics to control the infection. Our team can educate patients on when professional assistance is needed.
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Keep your smile healthy with the team at Scott and Derry Dental Care
If you are in the Milton, ON area and are interested in obtaining quality dental care, contact Dr. Jameela Jifri and her staff at (855) 438-4999. Our professionals are here to help with general, cosmetic, and restorative dental care solutions. The practice is located at 6521 Derry Road, #7.
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