Tell Me About Gum Disease Therapy

By Douglas Pennino, DDS
December 02, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: gum disease  

Have you just recently been diagnosed with gum disease? Discover your treatment options.

If one of our Barrington, IL family dentists, Drs. Douglas or Chase Pennino, just recently told you that you have gum disease you may be gum diseasea little taken aback. After all, you brush and floss regularly and your smile never showed symptoms of distress. Unfortunately, gum disease can sneak up without even knowing it, which is why your six-month cleanings are so important to keep up with. If you have gum disease, find out how to treat the issue for good.

Lifestyle Changes

This is one of the easiest things you can do to improve the health of your gums. While it won’t be the only treatment you will need, making changes to your oral care routine can go a long way to improving your oral health.

Since plaque buildup is the main cause of gum disease, it’s important to be able to remove it all from your teeth and gums. By brushing more thoroughly, changing your diet to reduce the amount of sugar and processed carbs you consume and by quitting smoking you can reduce the buildup of plaque and also be better equipped to remove it.

Removing Tartar

When plaque doesn’t get removed it turns to tartar within a couple days. Tartar can’t be removed with your at-home toothbrush. Only our Barrington dentist will be able to remove it. For those who have gum disease, we will perform scaling and root planing, in which we use special manual and ultrasonic tools to remove tartar from the teeth and below the gum line. We even smooth out the roots of the teeth to make the environment less hospitable for bacteria to buildup.

This procedure is performed under local anesthesia right here in our office. Scaling and root planing is one of the most effective ways to treat gum disease and is usually our first treatment option we offer.

Pennino Family Dentistry in Barrington, IL is here to make sure that you have healthy teeth and gums for the rest of your life. We know you can hit snags along the way but we are dedicated to giving you the specialized dental care you deserve every time you step through our doors. If you need to schedule an appointment with us, call our office today.