Dr. Kevin Winters is a dentist who has almost two decades of experience in providing quality dental care to patients in and around the Austin, TX, community. He also helps patients in achieving and maintaining their oral health. When patients come in and are diagnosed with periodontal disease, also referred to as gum disease, they often have questions about the treatments that are available to help.
How Is Periodontal Disease Treated by a Dentist?
Treatment for periodontal disease depends greatly on the severity of the condition. Early stages of periodontal disease can often be managed with thorough teeth cleaning and improved oral hygiene habits. This includes brushing twice a day for two minutes, flossing daily, using an antiseptic mouthwash, and using interdental cleaners to remove plaque between teeth.
If the condition has progressed to more advanced stages, treatment may include scaling and root planing (a deep clean within the gum line), antibiotics to reduce bacteria levels in the mouth, or surgery. In some cases, periodontal disease can even result in tooth loss if it is left untreated or becomes too severe.
How Can I Prevent Periodontal Disease?
It is vital that you see Dr. Kevin Winters regularly for exams and cleanings with his team. Regular visits allow them to detect any early signs of periodontal disease, which can be quickly and easily treated. Additionally, maintaining a good oral hygiene routine is essential for preventing periodontal disease and may include the following steps:
- Brush twice a day for two minutes with a soft-bristled toothbrush
- Floss daily
- Use an antiseptic mouthwash as directed
- Consider an electric toothbrush for more effective cleaning
- Avoid smoking or using other tobacco products
- Eat a balanced diet that is low in sugar and processed carbohydrates
Who Can I Call if I Have Questions About My Oral Health?
If you have any questions about how to prevent periodontal disease, please don’t hesitate to ask Dr. Winters or his team for advice. He is here for you every step of the way when it comes to diagnosing and treating periodontal disease and other oral health conditions. Call 737-248-0673 to connect with his experienced dental team, conveniently located in Austin, TX.