To promote proper gum care, you should develop a daily oral care routine. This routine should include brushing, flossing and possibly gurgling. You should brush at least twice a day, once in the morning and once before bed. This helps to prevent plaque buildup from food particles. Flossing should be completed once a day to loosen food and plaque particles from those hard to reach places. An antibacterial mouthwash used daily may also help to reduce bacteria in the mouth.
When proper oral health is not maintained, it leaves room for plaque and tarter to build up on the teeth, which can cause inflammation in the gums. This is known as gum disease, or gingivitis. There are also a few other symptoms that usually come along with this issue:
- bleeding gums
- swelling or redness
- bad breath
Implementing a good oral care routine can decrease or even reverse this issue. However, if it is left unattended it can become periodontitis that may require oral surgery.
Gum Disease Treatment from a Periodontist
Treatment for gum disease has evolved. In the past it consisted of invasive surgeries that required longer healing periods. However, there are now options that allow for smaller incisions which require shorter healing time. Dr. Raymond A. Kenzik is a certified periodontist who is skilled in the LANAP(r) protocol. With this procedure, the doctor is able to utilize a laser to remove and kill bacteria in the gums and leave healthy gum tissue in place to reattach to the root and heal. Such a procedure requires minimal incision, which tends to produce less pain and require a shorter recovery time.
If you are battling gum disease in Ormond Beach, FL or the surrounding area, we would love to assist you. Come in and speak with Dr. Kenzik and our knowledgeable staff today.