How to Reverse Gum Disease

June 24, 2024 - toothbar - 0 comments

Gum disease (Periodontitis) is the result of an infection that causes damage to the soft tissues that surround, protect, and hold the teeth in place. In the absence of treatment, gum disease will progress to a point that is difficult or impossible to reverse. The good news is that gum disease can be prevented, and with professional care, it can be reversed as well.

Contact an experienced dentist near you

How to Reverse Gum Disease

Here at Toothbar in Downtown Austin, guided by our lead cosmetic dentist, we sat down to brainstorm some of the most effective ways to reverse gum disease.

1. Thorough Daily Brushing

It will come as no surprise that the number one thing any dental professional will recommend is thorough daily oral care. This should include two brushing sessions lasting for at least two minutes each, spending thirty seconds on each quadrant of your teeth. In addition to this, at least one daily flossing session is also highly recommended. If you hope to recover from gum disease, this basic level of self-care is absolutely necessary.

2. Routine Dental Cleanings

Next, a professional dental cleaning every six months is an important part of any complete gum disease prevention plan. Some areas are very difficult to clean independently. Also, certain types of buildup are too hard to be removed with flossing and brushing.

3. Antibacterial Mouthwash & Salt Water

In addition to regular brushing and flossing, washing your mouth with antibacterial mouthwash or salt water is a great idea. This will help clean hard-to-reach areas and reduce and prevent the buildup of microbes that cause tooth decay and gum disease.

4. Planing & Scaling

Over time, pockets of tarter and plaque can form along the gum line, which can create or contribute to gum disease if not removed. Your dentist can perform scaling and planning using specialized tools and techniques to target and eliminate these hidden dangers.

5. Turmeric & Oil Pulling

Three popular home remedies you may use is the use of lemongrass, turmeric, and oil pulling. Lemongrass and turmeric contain natural antimicrobial compounds. Oil pulling is a method used to reduce toxins and bacteria. These techniques may or may not be right for your dental care needs. So be sure to talk with your dentist before using them.

6. Regular Checkups

Regular dental checkups are an important part of any complete oral care routine. Your dental care professional will be able to assess your progress as you work to treat and recover from gum disease. Perhaps more importantly, regular checkups make it possible to detect dangerous conditions, such as mouth cancer, before it is too late.

7. Periodontal Surgery

Finally, when gum disease has progressed too far, periodontal surgery may be necessary. Your periodontist will avoid resorting to this level of care until it is necessary. However, for many people living with gum disease, it is an essential part of the recovery process.

To learn more, and find quality cosmetic dental care near me, contact Toothbar today. Our caring team of experts here at Toothbar is eager to answer all of your questions. Visit us online or call 512-949-8202.

Dr. Kimberley Barclay

Co-founder and owner Dr. Kimberley Barclay is actively involved in local and national dental societies, including the Capital Area Dental Society and Spear Education courses on cosmetic dentistry. She is also a member of the Seattle Study Club, one of the most advanced education groups for dental professionals.

Schedule Your Visit Now

Our team is ready to book your appointment. The proper Dental Care can make the difference in years to come. We don't just improve the
aesthetics of your smile, we make sure your dental health is set for the long run.

Schedule your visit now

#

This content was fact-checked by Dr. Kimberley Barclay and Dr. Lauren Jacobsen following editorial guidelines. Dr. Kimberley Barclay is actively involved in local and national dental societies, including the Capital Area Dental Society and Spear Education courses on Cosmetic Dentistry. Dr. Lauren Jacobsen is an active member of the dental community and engages in further education and training through membership with a local chapter of the Seattle Study Club and Spear Education courses.

Schedule Your Visit Now

Our team is ready to book your appointment. The proper Dental Care can make the difference in years to come. We don't just improve the aesthetics of your smile, we make sure your dental health is set for the long run.

Schedule your visit now