Oral health is an integral part of your overall wellness, and one key to oral health that some people overlook is healthy gums. Our gums are tremendously important, and can become diseased fairly easily, unfortunately. Maintaining quality oral hygiene habits is essential to preventing gum disease, but what do you do if trouble does occur? At Margaret L. Romeo, DMD, we offer various gum treatment options to get your gums back to good health.
Gum disease, an infection caused by decay and bacteria in the mouth can be devastating if it is allowed to progress. It often results in the loss of teeth and other tissues and can be quite painful. Much better, then, to treat it while damage can be stopped. Early symptoms include bleeding, tender, or swollen gums, and persistent bad breath.
Among the treatments available for gum disease, scaling and root planing are often quite effective. These are somewhat involved treatments, but can be completed quickly and can stop the progression of infection. Root planing and scaling cleans between the gums and teeth, all the way down to the roots. Treatment is not as unpleasant as it sounds, causing little to no lasting discomfort. We can administer local anesthesia to control pain, and you should be back to normal in no time.
Of course, the best treatment for gum disease is to prevent it altogether with effective oral hygiene. But root planing and scaling are great ways to halt its progression if it has already settled in. Please call our Macclenny, FL, office today to learn more about the gum treatments available at Margaret L. Romeo, DMD.