Gum disease is a silent disease that affects millions of people around the country. There are several types of treatment for gum disease, depending on the severity of the condition, as well as the patient’s overall health.
In this blog we’re going to introduce you to a variety of traditional non-surgical gum disease treatment techniques as well as a new treatment regimen called Perio Protect, which offers a more comfortable and effective long-term treatment option.
Traditional Non-Surgical Gum Disease Techniques
There are traditionally two treatments for gum disease that do not involve surgery, which include:
- Dental cleaning – When you go for your regular dental checkup, your dentist and hygienist will use specialized equipment to remove plaque and tarter that can build up on the surface of your teeth as well as below the gum line. If you are showing any early signs of gum inflammation, your dentist may suggest that you have your teeth cleaned more often than every six months. While dental cleanings alone are not a treatment for gum disease, they can be an effective preventative tool to help avoid its development.
- Scaling and Root Planing – This is a type of deep cleaning procedure that is most often done under local anesthesia. In this procedure, plaque and tartar can be more aggressively removed (scaling) and rough areas on the tooth roots can be made smooth (planing). Smoothing these rough spots can remove harmful bacteria and allow for a clean surface for the gums to reattach to the teeth, but the procedure can also reduce the structure of the tooth and is avoided when possible. Scaling and root planing can be painful enough that patients are numbed before the procedure. After scaling, patients enter a maintenance phase of therapy during which they visit the dentist every 3 months to address the bacterial regrowth under your gums.
Perio Protect Supplements and Improves Non-Surgical Gum Disease Treatments
To help better manage gum disease and to address the regrowth of bacteria between office visits, many dentists are turning to the new technology offered by Perio Protect. The prescription Perio Tray by Perio Protect is a simple medication applicator that is able to deliver medication deep beneath the gums to help kill disease-causing oral bacteria. The Perio Tray can be used in as little as 10-15 minutes per day and has been shown to better manage gum disease between dental visits than brushing alone.
Perio Protect is not meant to be a replacement for other non-surgical gum disease treatments or for tooth brushing, but rather a supplemental way for dentists and their patients to better manage this damaging disease between visits. Perio Tray therapy can also freshen your breath, a nice side effect for anyone with gum disease.
If you’d like to learn more about Perio Protect, don’t hesitate to reach out to our team of experts by phone at 877-434-GUMS today.