Early periodontitis treatment options
Periodontitis is the progression of gingivitis into a more severe condition that can significantly impact the smile’s health. When diagnosed, it is vital that treatment is sought as soon as possible. At Life Smiles Dental Care in Phoenix, Arizona, we offer solutions to treat periodontitis and other oral health issues that can arise.
What are some early periodontitis treatment options?
Early periodontitis treatment typically includes nonsurgical options such as scaling and root planing. During these procedures, the dental team will remove both plaque and tartar from below the gum line using special tools and techniques to clean the surface of the teeth root by removing any inflammation or infection present. Antibiotics may be prescribed in addition to this procedure.
How can I maintain a healthier smile?
The main goal of early periodontitis treatment is to reduce bacteria levels and reverse any damage created by them. To achieve this, dentists will often recommend regular professional cleanings with an emphasis on lowering bacterial accumulation below the gums. The patient may also need to make lifestyle changes such as stopping smoking, eating a healthier diet, and improving oral hygiene at home, for example, brushing more than twice daily.
Is it periodontitis or signs of a tooth abscess?
If you are experiencing persistent pain, swelling, or a fever, it could indicate a tooth abscess. However, if your symptoms are localized to the gums, like redness or bleeding when brushing, then it is more likely that you are experiencing early periodontitis. If you think you may have either condition, it is crucial to seek immediate dental care to prevent further issues from developing.
Are there any home remedies for periodontitis?
Although no home remedy can replace professional intervention for periodontitis treatment and prevention, certain practices may help reduce inflammation and maintain healthy oral hygiene. Some of these include gargling salt water regularly, drinking green tea or eating foods high in antioxidants, and practicing mindful meditation or relaxation techniques. Please consult our dentists before applying any home remedy to treat periodontal disease.
Call Life Smiles Dental Care today!
Drs. Paul Nielson, Timothy Schmidt, and Jared Bishop of Life Smiles Dental Care in Phoenix, AZ, are available to help you achieve and maintain healthy smiles. Call (602) 786-5484 to request an appointment at our office in Suite #250 at 4611 East Shea Boulevard.