Treating Gum Disease

Wilson, Greenville, Goldsboro, Rocky Mount, Raleigh & nearby areas

Wed, 08/28/2013

There are two types of gum disease: gingivitis and periodontitis. Of these, gingivitis is the most common and can often be treated by improving your at-home oral hygiene routine and visiting your Wilson dentist every six months for professional cleanings.

In some cases, we may recommend you also use a prescription mouthwash to prevent a reoccurrence of this mild form of gum disease. This will be based on your individual needs.

Treating Periodontitis

Periodontitis is a more advanced form of gum disease and can, when left untreated, result in tooth loss and other oral health issues. Worse still, this form of gum disease has been linked to heart attack, stroke, pregnancy complications, and most recently, an increased risk for Alzheimer’s, making it essential that you seek treatment as soon as possible.

Treating periodontitis will require scaling and root planning, a procedure in which the roots of teeth are deep cleaned. If the disease is left untreated for an extended period of time, oral surgery may be the only option, making it best to contact us at the first sign of gum disease.

If you are suffering from any of the symptoms of gum disease, please contact Boles, Ham, Dixon & Boles or call 252-291-2892 today to schedule an appointment with one of our experienced Wilson dentists. Our dentists help protect the oral health of people living in and around Greenville, Goldsboro, Rocky Mount, and Wilson, North Carolina.

Dixon Boles & Associates