Ways to treat and reverse gum disease include deep cleaning, medications and surgery, according to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. Also called periodontal disease, gum disease results from the build up of plague along the gum line and ranges in severity from minor inflammation to the formation of deep pockets in the gums that result in tooth loss.Continue Reading
Risk factors for gum disease include smoking, hormonal changes, diabetes and other illnesses, prescription and over-the-counter medications, and genetics, according to the NIDCR. The first line of treatment is a method of deep cleaning below and just above the gum line, called scaling and root planing. There are several medications that help fight gum disease, including antimicrobial mouthwashes, antiseptic chips, antibiotic gels, antibiotic microspheres, enzyme suppressants and oral antibiotics.
For advanced cases, surgical treatment helps to restore the damage done by severe gum disease. Flap surgery is a procedure where the gums are lifted, cleaned under and then stitched back in place to fit snugly against the teeth. Bone and tissue grafts are procedures where synthetic bone or tissue is placed in the areas where bone and tissue have been lost to encourage and guide new bone and tissue growth, explains the NIDCR.Learn more about Dental
Tips for treating a sore tongue include drinking cool beverages to soothe the tongue, avoiding spicy foods and following proper dental hygiene, according to National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. Proper dental hygiene includes brushing, flossing and using a mouthwash on a daily basis.Full Answer >
The average adult between the ages of 20 and 64 has 3.28 decayed or missing teeth, according to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. In addition, 92 percent of adults have had some type of cavities or caries.Full Answer >
Dental work done by students is generally well-done, according to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. Experienced, licensed dentists supervise dental students in clinics at dental schools ensuring that the students provide quality treatment. Likewise, schools that teach dental hygiene often provide supervised, quality preventive dental care.Full Answer >
Treatment options for temporomandibular joint disorder include self-care practices, pain medications, stabilization splints and Botox, according to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. Irreversible treatments such as surgery and implants are available, but there is insufficient evidence to support their effectiveness as of 2015.Full Answer >