Early treatment of gum disease is very important. The goals of treatment are to prevent gum disease from
permanently damaging tissues,control infection, and prevent tooth loss. For treatment to be effective, you
will need to:

  • Keep your teeth clean by brushing two times a day and flossing one time a day.
  • See your dentist regularly for checkups and cleanings.
  • Avoid all tobacco use. Tobacco decreases your ability to fight infection, interferes with
  healing, and makes you more likely to have serious gum disease that results in tooth loss.

Treatment for early-stage gum disease

If you have early-stage gum disease (gingivitis camera), you may be able to reverse the
damage to your gums:

  • Brush your teeth two times a day, in the morning and before bedtime.
  • Floss your teeth one time a day.
  • Use an antiseptic mouthwash, such as Listerine,or an anti plaque mouthwash.

Dental care: Brushing and flossing your teeth.

Your dentist will want to see you for regular checkups and cleanings. Professional cleaning can remove
plaque and tartar that brushing and flossing missed. After you have had gum disease, you may need to see
your dentist every 3 or 4 months for follow-up.

Your dentist may prescribe antibiotics to help fight the infection. They can be applied directly on the gums,
swallowed as pills or capsules, or swished around in your teeth as mouthwash. Your dentist may also
recommend an antibacterial toothpaste that reduces plaque and gingivitis when used regularly.


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