Kinsey Smiles
Brian Kinsey DMD, Dentistry at Hamilton Mill

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Periodontal (Gum) Treatments

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Periodontal (Gum) Treatments

Periodontal (gum) disease is common and often preventable.  The best way to prevent periodontal disease is to establish and consistently practice good oral hygiene.  The most important factors are good oral hygiene and regular dental visits.

Good Oral Hygiene:  Floss daily and brush your teeth at least 2 times each day for at least 2 minutes.  Most people fall short with how long they spend brushing so an electric toothbrush with a built-in timer (such as Sonicare) can be very helpful.  Our office also recommends using Listerine antiseptic mouth rinse along with brushing and flossing or using a water flosser such as a Waterpik

Regular Dental Visits:  It is recommended that even the healthiest of mouths be seen every 6 months for a professional cleaning and examination.  Some individuals have risk factors such as prior gum disease, smoking, dry mouth, medications and braces which may require more frequent professional visits to ensure excellent oral health.

some signs of Periodontal (Gum) Disease may include any or all of the following:

  • swollen or puffy gums
  • gums that appear to be receding or pulling away from the teeth
  • gums that appear bright red - especially around the edges and between teeth
  • gums that feel tender to the touch or sensitive to brushing and/or flossing
  • gums that bleed easily with brushing or flossing
  • persistent bad breath
  • loose teeth or teeth that feel mobile
  • new spaces developing between teeth

If you notice any of these signs or symptoms its important to have your condition evaluated as soon as possible.  With a thorough evaluation Dr. Kinsey will be able to diagnose the presence or absence of gum disease and make recommendations accordingly. If caught early enough gum disease may be 100% reversible, and as with most things, the earlier you diagnose and treat the better and more predictable the outcome. 

Periodontal (Gum) Disease can be treated in a variety of different ways depending on the severity and progression of the disease.  Dr. Kinsey would thoroughly evaluate the health of the gums and bone supporting the teeth using several diagnostic methods including measurements as well as x-ray analysis.  Based on the diagnosis, gum disease may be treated in one of the following ways:

  • change in home care habits and recommendations of cleaning devices such as a Sonicare toothbrush or a Waterpik water flosser
  • increased frequency of  professional hygiene therapy
  • professional cleaning with through medicinal irrigation under the gums
  • prescription rinses to be used at home
  • prescription antibiotics and antifungals
  • deep cleaning - scaling and root planing (non surgical)
  • referral to a gum specialist (Periodontist) for further evaluation
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