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If you see a bit of blood on your toothbrush once you’re done using it, check your gums for signs of swelling. There’s a good chance you’re suffering from gum disease. In its most mild form (gingivitis), only the gum tissue itself is infected; eventually, however, the bone and connective tissue holding your teeth in place could be at risk. Protect your smile and your oral health by calling Fantastic Smiles to schedule periodontal disease treatment in Fort Valley, GA with Dr. Marable.
As you can probably guess, when treating gum disease, our top priority is to remove the bacteria that is causing the infection in the first place. This is done through scaling, which involves cleaning the teeth, the gums, and the area beneath the gum line. After scaling is complete, it is time for root planing. By smoothing the roots of the teeth, we create a surface that the gums can reattach to more easily. Also, it is more difficult for bacteria to build up on roots that have been smoothed.
It’s important to keep your mouth as clean as possible after scaling and root planing. The problem is that it’s easy for infectious materials to become trapped in the pockets that form during gum disease. To continuously fight the infection in these areas, we can place an antibiotic called Arestin. It consists of numerous microspheres that slowly release the medication over time, thus fighting bacteria while your mouth is healing.