Gum Treatment for Dental Patients in West Virginia & Ohio
Available Gum Treatments to Reduce Risk of Gum Disease
There are two non-surgical gum treatments that can be used to help prevent or reduce gum disease. The first is performed at your bi-yearly professional dental cleaning when plaque and tartar are removed from your gum line. However, dental cleanings are not treatments for gum diseases that already exist, but function as a preventive step.
Another non-surgical gum treatment is scaling and root planing, which is when tartar and plaque are scraped and smoothed from below the gum line. This is more in-depth than a regular dental cleaning, and effectively removes bacteria that can cause gum disease. Scaling and root planing are performed under a local anesthetic, and are recommended for patients with tartar and plaque underneath the gums.
If you believe that you are in need of a thorough gum treatment, or if it is time for your bi-yearly dentist visit, contact Hardesty Dental Associates in Parkersburg, WV, to schedule an appointment today!
What are the Types of Gum Disease & How Do I Prevent Them?
There are two types of gum disease: gingivitis and periodontitis. Gingivitis is localized to the gums, whereas periodontitis damages the gums, tissues, and bone that support the teeth. Teeth can be lost due to gum disease. Gum inflammation is also a real concern when it comes to oral health. The best way to prevent gum disease is to listen and adhere to the advice of your dentist. Watching what types of food and beverages you consume, brushing, flossing, rinsing, and keeping up with your routine dental cleanings and checkups are some of the best ways to reduce your risk.
Call Dr. Hardesty to Keep Your Smile Bright!
If you believe you are in need of a gum treatment, or you would like to know more about how to prevent gum disease, call Hardesty Dental Associates in Wood County at (304) 485-4551. Dr. Hardesty and his staff will provide you with all things necessary to keep you and your family’s smiles looking bright and feeling great!