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How Do You Manage Gum Disease?

When you develop gum disease, there is no cure. However, routine treatment is necessary to help manage the disease and prevent periodontitis, the advanced stage often responsible for adult tooth loss. How do we manage gum disease for our patients in Johnston, IA?

Signs You Need Treatment

In order to protect your gums, you need to bush your teeth daily, two minutes each session, and more importantly, floss every night before bed. You should also have your teeth cleaned every six months. If you haven’t been undergoing routine cleanings and caring for your smile, then you may notice your gums appear red, feel sore, or may bleed easily. If so, then you could be experiencing gingivitis or the early stages of periodontal disease. You should seek treatment as soon as possible!

Scaling and Root Planing

A scaling and root planing, also known as a deep cleaning, involves removing plaque and tartar from the surface of the teeth and the roots. The procedure can reverse gingivitis and help manage the early stages of gum disease. We may perform the procedure in one visit, or for serious cases, require two to four visits. Since plaque irritates and inflames gum tissue, removing the buildup can help improve the health of your smile.

Advanced Laser Dentistry

For advanced cases, we may need more than a scaling and root planing. We can actually used laser dentistry to help address and manage gum disease. The lasers allow us to comfortably remove infected gum tissue, allowing healthy gum tissue to adhere to the teeth. The lasers are quiet, require little to no anesthesia, and reduce the risk of bleeding of infection following treatment. They also allow us to treat an area with precision and accuracy. If you have any questions about treating gum disease and managing our oral health, then contact our team today. Remember, we can examine your smile to see if you need treatment.

Do You Have Inflammation?

Dr. Lawson and our team can help you maintain optimal oral health. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling our sleep dentistry office in Johnston, IA, at 515-278-4366.


Do You Have An Uneven Smile?

Dr. Lawson and our team want to help you enjoy a more even and healthy smile. To learn more about our clear and esthetically-pleasing orthodontic solutions, schedule a consultation by:

calling our dentistry office in Urbandale, IA, at 515-278-4366.

We also serve residents of Waukee, Grimes, Johnston, and Clive, IA.

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