Your gums are a very important part of your oral health. In fact, issues with your gums may be the first sign that something is awry with your oral health. If you notice bleeding or tenderness when you floss or when you brush your teeth, then your gums may be be inflamed, which could be the beginning of gum disease.
Arestin® Gum Treatment is an antibiotic that is used with root planing, and it is placed inside the periodontal pockets that have developed as a result of gum disease.
How do Periodontal Pockets Form?
Gum disease can lead to deep pockets in your gums. Healthy gums fit nicely around your teeth, but when gum disease is present, it can create deep spaces between your teeth and gums. These are called periodontal pockets that can lead to tooth loss if left untreated; bacteria and plaque on your teeth can turn into tartar which can’t be brushed off but can be removed by your dentist.
Arestin® Gum Treatment is a powerful antibiotic powder that is placed inside the pockets and can reduce the bacteria that is stuck inside. If you already have gum disease and periodontal pockets are present, then this treatment can greatly reduce your chances of tooth loss. After a certain point, gum disease cannot be reversed but only maintained. Regardless, maintaining gum disease is important and can be one of the best things you can do for your oral health.
How to Take Care of Periodontal Disease
There are millions of Americans who have periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, so if you are diagnosed with gum disease, then don’t panic, but know that there are important steps you can take to protect your oral health. Whether your gum disease stays the same or gets worse all depends on how well you take care of your teeth. Flossing daily is one of the best habits you can develop if you have gum disease.
Additionally, it is crucial to brush your teeth twice daily for at least two minutes for each brushing. But equally important is visiting your dentist and having regular teeth cleanings. Dr. Vann can use Arestin® Gum Treatment if you need it, and will also do a professional teeth cleaning to get rid of tartar or plaque that you can’t remove at home.
To schedule an appointment for a professional teeth cleaning or for Arestin® Gum Treatment, call Dr. Vann at Vann Family Dental today! You can also schedule an appointment online now.