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If you have been diagnosed with gum disease, you will need treatment to keep it from progressing into the more advanced, damaging stages that can destroy the bone, necessitating surgery.

To treat this progressive disease means taking better personal care at home, along with professional dental cleanings that focus on the pockets around the teeth. You will want to brush at least twice each day, and floss at least once. You can also use a therapeutic mouthwash that contains fluoride to strengthen the teeth and triclosan, an antibacterial and antifungal agent. This will help get rid of plaque on the teeth as well as help with gum inflammation.

Gum disease treatment may also include using medications. A topical antiseptic kills the bacteria on the tissue that leads to infection, and antibiotics, such as penicillin can be used to kill certain microorganisms and prevent them from growing.

Another treatment option requires the removal of the diseased gum tissue to allow healing. Surgical treatment includes gingivectomy which is the removal of infected gum tissue, while gingivoplasty reshapes the healthy gum tissue surrounding the teeth after the diseased matter is removed.

Treating gum disease is an essential step when it comes to your oral health because left untreated, it can result in tooth loss. It is also a risk factor with problems related to your overall health, such as heart and lung diseases.

If you have gum disease and want to learn more, please call D & D Periodontal Associates, P.C. at 212-759-7763. Our periodontists, Dr. Daniel and Daria Royzman and team in New York, New York are here to help you keep your teeth and gums healthy and strong.