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Along with fighting tooth decay, fighting gum disease is a daily battle. While the early stages are highly treatable and even reversible, the best approach is to prevent it in the first place. This means brushing and flossing diligently every day and seeing your dentist every six months to remove plaque and tartar.

Early detection is also important, so if you see redness, swelling, or bleeding in your gum tissue, and constant bad breath and a bad taste in the mouth, you need to see your dentist. As oral bacteria accumulate around the gumline, the gum tissue becomes inflamed. As the body fights inflammation, it damages jaw bone and ligaments and the gums pull away from the teeth. The result? Loose and lost teeth.

Treatment for mild gum disease is done by increasing your daily oral hygiene care and your dentist performing a scaling and root planing deep cleaning treatment to get rid of plaque and tartar. Scaling removes plaque from the teeth and below the gum line, and then root planing smooths your tooth roots so bacteria can’t stick to them.

As the disease progresses, you may need oral surgery along with scaling and root planing and diligent daily oral hygiene care. If periodontitis has advanced, you will likely require antibiotics to fight the infection and oral surgery to remove loose teeth.

Taking good care of your teeth and gums simple–you just have to be consistent with it. If you haven’t already scheduled your next cleaning with our Scott A. Smith DDS team in Merced, California, please call 209-205-4657. Our dentist, Dr. Smith looks forward to helping you keep your smile in top condition!