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What are the treatment options for periodontitis?

Periodontitis needs to be treated by a qualified dentist. Your dentist can clean below the gum line using treatments called scaling and root planing. Scaling removes bacteria from tooth surface and beneath the gums, and root planing smoothes out root surfaces. If your periodontitis is very advanced, you may require surgical treatment such as periodontal flap surgery to clean your teeth completely and correct any bone defects. Antibiotics may also be prescribed.

Treatment options for periodontitis (gum disease) include professional cleaning or scaling to remove plaque deposits in your gums. Treatment options aim to reduce inflammation, repair rough surfaces, and remedy the cause of your periodontitis. Your dentist will recommend a strict and aggressive cleaning and flossing regimen at home followed by professional cleaning a few times a year until your periodontitis clears up.

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