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How to Reverse Gum Disease

A diagnosis of gum disease may be discouraging, but it doesn't have to be the end of healthy teeth and gums. Thankfully, there are a number of ways to manage the problem, both at the dentist's office and at home in between treatments. Finding out how to reverse gum disease is a good first step in regaining oral health.

In-Office Treatments

Deciding how to reverse gum disease and its effects is a decision each dentist or periodontist must make with individual patients, but there are two common options. A deep cleaning can be performed, which involves the dentist removing build up from beneath the gum line. This removes the bacteria that causes gum disease and can help temporarily relieve symptoms of gum disease such as bad breath and inflammation.

More severe cases of gum disease may require surgical measures. Pocket reductions lower the gum line, lessening the space between tooth and gum for easier cleanings at home and at the dentist's. By folding back the gums, pocket reductions also allows the oral care provider to potentially clean and smooth out crevices on the teeth that harbor bacteria. When considering how to reverse gum disease, regenerative surgeries are sometimes performed, the dentist using grafts of tissue to rebuild the gums more snugly around each tooth.

At-Home Gum Disease Solutions

Once a dentist has decided how to reverse gum disease with a particular course of treatment, it may still take measures at home to keep one's mouth in optimal health. Home cleaning systems can ensure that the benefits of cleanings are extended. A system like Perio Protect is proven to discourage bacterial growth between dental treatments.

Perio Protect's benefits include:

  • Prescription cleaning solutions
  • Easy to use, fitted trays
  • Painless debriding between dental cleanings

Dental patients trying to figure out how to reverse gum disease should consult their dentist and also consider the benefits of a home treatment like Perio Protect. Practitioners who can prescribed this system are located throughout the United States and Canada.

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