Is there a cure for periodontitis?

Though periodontitis is treatable, it is not necessarily curable. Once your dentist treats your periodontitis, it is possible to avoid it in the future and even for the bone that has been lost to regrow if you practice good oral hygiene. Good oral hygiene means brushing twice a day, flossing regularly, using mouth wash, and seeing your dentist regularly. However, if you fail to follow these recommendations, it is likely that periodontitis will reoccur.

Periodontitis is a medical term that refers to inflammation in the area around the teeth. It may not be able to be completely reversed, but it often can be treated. It is a more serious form of periodontal (gum) disease. In periodontitis, the bacteria living in the mouth cause infection below the gum line and can invade the bones around the teeth.

If gum disease has reached this stage, treatment is focused on reducing infection and the inflammation that infection causes. This may involve several options:

  • deep-cleaning procedures by your dentist (longer, more thorough, and potentially more uncomfortable than the usual type of teeth cleaning procedures)
  • medications (ranging from prescription-strength mouthwash to oral antibiotics)
  • surgery (to open up deep pockets of infection and to reconstruct destroyed bone, if possible)

The best "cure" for periodontitis is to prevent it in the first place. By brushing and flossing regularly and visiting your dentist at least twice a year, you should be able to prevent this uncomfortable and potentially damaging disease.

Periodontitis is an advanced form of gum disease, an infection that affects the tissues and bone that support teeth, that results in swelling and redness in the tissues around the teeth. Patients suffer loss of tissue and bone that may become more severe over time. In chronic periodontitis, pockets form and/or gum tissue pulls back. This is the most common form of periodontitis in adults but can occur at any age. It usually gets worse slowly, but there can be periods of rapid progression. Treatment methods depend upon the type of disease and how far the condition has progressed. Good dental care at home is essential to help keep periodontal disease from becoming more serious or recurring.

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