Treatment of periodontal
Treatment works best before there is severe damage to the tissue that attaches the teeth to the bone, and before teeth are missing. This is why it is so important for patients and dentists to be on the lookout for the early warning signs of gum disease: red, swollen gums that bleed easily. Treatment works better for nonsmokers than for smokers.
Treatment for periodontal disease may even help lower other health risks. For example, research has found that treating gum disease helped people with diabetes and prediabetes. It lowered their blood sugar levels and reduced their need for insulin. Some studies showed that intensive treatment for gum disease helped to reverse atherosclerosis and cardiovascular risks in some cases. Still, despite the best efforts, some patients with periodontal disease do not respond to treatment at all.
Periodontal treatment includes several steps. First, is a deep cleaning of the spaces between the affected teeth and gums. If that doesn't control the infection, or if damaged tissue has to be repaired, surgery might be needed. Afterwards, you'll have to get frequent, regular cleanings to maintain control of the disease. Be aware that gum disease can run in families. You'll also have to practice good oral hygiene at home and try to reduce other risk factors for gum disease, like quitting smoking or eating fewer sweets. Your dentist may explain that the goal of treatment is to stop the progress of the disease, or at least to control it.