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Do you have gums that are tender, sore, red or bleed easily? All of these conditions are symptoms of gingivitis, the initial stage of gum disease. Also known as periodontal disease, gum disease is a serious ailment that can threaten your oral health, your ability to chew, and even potentially your overall health. If you have gum disease, then having the infection identified and treated by a qualified oral health professional is crucial. Let’s take a look at how your Orange City dentist Terry Soule, DDS, treats cases of periodontal disease.

Repetitive Therapy

This treatment method has two components: scaling, which involves scraping the accumulated tartar and plaque from your teeth, both above and below the gum line; and root planing, which serves to smooth the roots of the teeth, creating a smooth surface that will make it difficult for bacteria to accumulate there in the future.

Dr. Soule prefers to conduct repetitive therapy in two separate appointments because a local anesthetic is administered before the procedure takes place. By splitting a round of repetitive therapy, only one side of the mouth has to be numbed at a time.

Laser Therapy

Performed using our precise dental laser, this treatment removes infected tissue, completing the same task that previously had to be done through traditional gum surgery using a scalpel. Laser technology represents a significant upgrade over the traditional method, achieving the same result with greater precision, minimal bleeding and less discomfort while eliminating the need for sutures and stitches and significantly reducing the recovery time.

Our dental laser is just one way that Terry Soule, DDS, uses technology to provide the highest standard of care.

Arestin  

This oral antibiotic can be used to treat the infection that causes gum disease. Your Deltona dentist applies the medicine in powder form directly to the infected gum tissue. Once applied, Arestin continues to work for as long as three weeks. Arestin can be administered as a standalone treatment for gum disease but, in most cases, the antibiotic is applied as a follow-up to repetitive therapy. It also can be prescribed as part of a maintenance program to prevent the development of gum disease for patients at high risk for the infection, such as women who are pregnant or people who have diabetes.

Know the consequences of gum disease

As mentioned above, gum disease begins as gingivitis. From there, it enters a stage called periodontitis, where pockets form between the teeth and the gums, trapping harmful bacteria. By the time gum disease reaches periodontitis, then there has been permanent damage done to your mouth.

If treatment still is not sought, the eventual ramifications of gum disease include:

  • Receding gums
  • Tooth loss
  • Jawbone deterioration
  • Malnutrition
  • Dental pain
  • Foul smelling breath
  • Tooth decay
  • Bleeding and sore gums

Treating gum disease in Orange City

Your best defense against gum disease is to be proactive. That means maintaining a diligent routine of daily brushing and flossing while visiting your dentist every six months as recommended by the American Dental Association for a professional cleaning and an examination of your teeth and mouth.

To learn more about how Terry Soule, DDS, treats gum disease, contact our office by calling (386) 775-1552 to schedule a consultation.

Terry Soule, DDS, offers an array of periodontal treatments to patients in the areas of DeBary, Deltona, and Orange City.