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When it comes to having an attractive smile, healthy gums matter as much as your teeth. Gum disease can affect your gums at many stages, and we offer a review of gum disease treatment at each stage.

First of all, you can largely prevent gum disease by practicing proper oral hygiene every day. Use products such as toothpaste and a good toothbrush, any variety of dental floss, and an effective mouthwash. Along with daily oral care, you should be receiving dental exams and cleanings twice a year to achieve a healthy smile.

Gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease, resulting from plaque buildup. Symptoms of gingivitis include gum inflammation, swelling, soreness, and bleeding. Early gum disease can typically be reversed with proper oral care, such as brushing twice a day, flossing every day, and rinsing your mouth with an antibacterial mouthwash. You should also maintain a healthy diet that reduces the risk of gum disease, with foods like spinach, kale, yogurt, cheese, apples, and carrots.

When gum disease becomes advanced, it’s called periodontitis. At this point, the gums can start to recede and create infected pockets, resulting in the loss of teeth and surrounding bone material. Our dentist may address periodontitis with antibiotics for bacteria, a deep cleaning procedure called scaling and root planing, or a method of gum surgery.

To learn more about how to treat gum disease in Frisco, Texas, contact Abba Aesthetic Smiles & Orthodontics LLC at 214-436-5400 today for a consultation with Dr. Tayo Ogunsola.