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How to Cure Gum Disease

Toronto gum disease begins with bleeding or swollen gums but can progress to a receding gum line and sores or pus in the mouth. If you notice any of these symptoms, you need to start treatment for gum disease immediately to avoid damage to the bone and subsequent tooth loss.

Treating Gum Disease in the Early Stages

In the early stages, gum disease is called gingivitis. You should already be brushing twice a day to remove plaque from your teeth. It is also a good idea to avoid foods that will cause more bacteria to build up in your mouth, such as sugary foods and beverages. Finally, you should visit your dentist for a prescription for antimicrobial mouthwash.

Curing Advanced Gum Disease

When gum disease becomes advanced, it is called periodontitis. At this stage, the disease impacts both your gums and the bone holding the teeth in place, putting you at high risk for tooth loss. Periodontitis is impossible to cure on your own, as you are unable to remove the plaque causing the disease by brushing your teeth at home. The first step in curing gum disease is a professional cleaning from your dentist combined with scaling and root planing. If the disease has left deep pockets in your gums, you will need flap surgery. In the case roots are exposed, you will also need gum grafts to prevent decay, bone loss, and further gum recession. In addition, periodontal disease can destroy bone if it goes untreated for an extended time. If this happens, you will require bone grafting to regenerate the tissue. The final stage in recovering from Toronto gum disease is maintenance. This will ensure periodontitis never returns. Your dentist will discuss with you how to take care of your oral health at home, including proper brushing technique.

Properly aligned teeth not only give you a beautiful smile, but they can significantly improve your overall dental health.
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