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Does Mouthwash Make Gum Disease Treatment Easier?

Posted on 12/13/2016 by Leslie Davis
A man using mouthwash to protect his smile.
Gum disease can lead to some severe problems if not treated. What starts out as red, inflamed gums can quickly turn into receding gums, poor jaw health and lost teeth.

Infection can also enter the bloodstream and spread throughout the body. Gum disease is treatable, though, and mouthwash can help.

Visit Your Dentist

If you suspect gum disease, it's important to visit your dentist right away. He will be able to make the diagnosis and tell the severity of the situation. For less severe cases, a deep cleaning can be performed right in the office, scaling the surface of your teeth, including under the gums, smoothing it and making it more difficult for bacteria to adhere. For more advanced cases of gum disease, you may be referred to a periodontist.

Treatment Continues at Home

After your office visit, you may be prescribed an antibiotic to kill off any remaining infection. Proper oral hygiene practices, however, can aid the prevention of future gum disease issues. Brush at least twice a day and floss at least once a day. And always be sure to rinse your mouth out with mouthwash.

How Mouthwash Helps

An antimicrobial mouthwash kills bacteria, therefore reducing the total amount left in your mouth. This lessens the chances for developing a new infection. It can also help reduce the amount of plaque on your teeth (in conjunction with brushing), where bacteria like to hang out. Be sure to choose a mouthwash that is designed to fight germs.

In some instances, you may be prescribed a prescription mouthwash. These mouthwashes are stronger, and kill a wider range of bacteria. They also reduce inflammation and bleeding, as well as plaque. They should be used as directed, however, as long term use can permanently stain your teeth.

If you have been diagnosed with gum disease, treatment doesn't stop at the dental office. Be sure to include proper oral hygiene as a part of your daily routine, including brushing, flossing and using an antimicrobial mouthwash.

Please contact us today if you have any questions about gum disease?

The Arizona Institute for Periodontics & Dental Implants
Leslie I. Davis, BDS, DDS, PC
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