Brushing and flossing are important aspects of oral hygiene. In addition to brushing and flossing twice a day, we recommend that you replace your toothbrush every three to four months, or sooner to keep bristles from fraying.
Good oral hygiene can prevent future oral health problems and fight tooth decay and gum disease. Germs can also hide in the bristles of toothbrushes and infect teeth. Plaque builds up on brushes over time, turning into tartar which damages gums and can lead to gum disease. As infection progresses, pockets can form between teeth, loosening them or causing them to fall out. Good oral hygiene can prevent bacteria and plaque from building up in the first place. Learn more about gum disease symptoms and treatment options offered at Westermann family dentistry in Louisville, Kentucky:
Signs of Gum Disease
There are multiple signs of gum disease to look out for, including:
- Swollen gums
- Bad breath (Halitosis)
- Bleeding gums
- Mouth sores
- Gum swelling
- Receding gums
- Loose teeth
If you have noticed any of these symptoms arise, call Westermann Family Dentistry today at (502) 219-3168. Our team will help you choose an effective treatment option that best aligns with your budget, goals, and oral health.
Treating Gum Disease
Dr. Kim Westermann and her team offer gum disease treatments to patients at Westermann Family Dentistry. Some of these treatments include:
- Antibacterial rinse and at home oral hygiene: for early stage gum disease, these conservative measures are often effective at halting progression and allowing tissue to heal.
- Scaling and root planing: this is an intense cleaning of the deep pockets of the gum and tooth roots to prevent further damage.
- Laser dentistry: Dr. Westermann may use the Waterlase dental laser to remove damaged gum tissue and promote healing for patients with more advanced gum disease.
- Perio Protect: This non-invasive treatment is used to kill the bacteria that cause gum disease. Perio Protect utilizes a tray with a hydrogen peroxide solution that reduces inflammation and eliminates bacteria.
Schedule an Appointment Today
Treat gum disease at the source. Call Westermann Family Dentistry today at (502) 219-3168. You can also schedule an appointment online here.