What to Do About Gum Disease

Posted February 4, 2016

You probably know that gum disease can cause serious problems, but do you ever wonder what you can do if you have this issue? Fortunately, there are a few things you can do. Sadly. while severe instance of gum disease could require surgical help, most cases won’t.

Still, prevention is the preferable option. One essential part of preventing gum disease is removing plaque and tartar (which is hardened plaque) from your teeth and gums. You can usually do this by brushing and flossing your teeth at home, but you’ll also need to visit your dentist every six months for a routine cleaning.

However, once you have gum disease, you could need professional health. For instance, Dr. Vellequette or Dr. Fung may recommend scaling and root planing. Essentially, this is a deep cleaning that also includes removing the plaque and tartar under your gums. However, depending on your needs, our dentist may also recommend certain medications or more frequent treatments until your gums heal.

Unfortunately, if you have gum disease treated but then neglect your teeth, the problem could return. To avoid this situation, please remember to brush, floss, and visit your dentist every six months. Fortunately, if you follow these steps you can usually hold off gum disease.

If you are interested in learning more, please don’t hesitate to contact Smile Center Silicon Valley at 408-245-7500. We are excited to hear from you.