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Perhaps the most common disorder we care for at Riverwalk Dental Spa is gum disease, an infection of the gums. Periodontal disease impacts an immense percentage of the population, but with suitable brushing and flossing, you can protect yourself from it. Learn more about gum disease by reading on.

Some of the first effects of periodontal disease include bleeding gums and gum swelling. As gum swelling occurs, pockets of bacterial infection between the teeth and gums can brutally loosen chompers, though this happens only in advanced forms of the ailment. Infected gums also withdraw, in a service called gingival recession, and this can make your teeth look longer.

Since gum disease is an infection of the gums, antibiotics are regularly prescribed to treat it, usually as part of a post-operation healing, but every now and then during non-surgical treatments as well. One antimicrobial you may perhaps be prescribed in chlorhexidine, and doxycycline, minocycline and tetracycline are not out of the ordinary prescriptions either; your dentist will make the call on which medication is greatest for your one-of-a-kind situation.

Do you have any extra inquiries about the effects of gum disease, or would you like to learn more? Please call 918-770-0027 now to pencil in your next visit with Dr. Carrie Sessom and the Riverwalk Dental Spa staff in Jenks, Oklahoma. They’ll gladly support you as you learn slightly more about caring for periodontal disease with medication.