If you have gingivitis or periodontitis, Dr. DeAndrade offers you the best gum disease treatments in Las Vegas at Anthem Periodontics and Dental Implants. However, while gum disease treatments (especially surgery), are highly effective, they do require post-treatment care. In the following paragraphs, you are going to learn to take care of your mouth after treatment.
Maintain Proper Oral Hygiene
This goes without saying. While gum disease is triggered by a variety of factors (medications, genetics, diabetes etc.), many times gingivitis is caused by a neglect of good oral habits. These include things like brushing your teeth after every meal, or at least twice a day. You should also use a toothbrush with soft bristles and brush gently to avoid irritation, bleeding, and abrasion of the enamel which can back-fire any gum disease treatment. Also make it a point to floss your teeth and rinse your mouth with a good mouthwash.
Schedule Periodontal Maintenance Appointments
These are necessary. A periodontal appointment can involve:
- Screening for oral cancer
- Follow-up on a surgical treatment
- Follow-up on an orthodontic treatment
- Clinical examination
- Monitoring gum disease
- Professional cleaning of the teeth, root surfaces, crown etc.
How Often Should I Visit the Periodontist?
There is no single answer to this question. This usually varies from patient to patient. So before you can answer that for yourself, you need to ask yourself a few questions. The first one being, is your condition severe? For most people, tooth problems and issues are not as severe as they seem. Because tooth pain is usually unbearable, people may overestimate the issue in their mouth. So if you are not sure at first, you should visit a dentist. However, if you feel that the problem is actually severe, or if your dentist confirms the worst, then you should at all costs visit a periodontist. To answer the main question though, you must visit your periodontist as often as you can if you feel the problem is persisting or that it needs more care that you are able to take of your tooth condition.
Whatever the case, maintaining proper hygiene after gum treatment is a must, and visiting your periodontist regularly can be key to your oral health!