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You probably know that gum disease can cause serious problems, but do you ever wonder what you can do if you have this issue? Fortunately, there are a few things you can do. Sadly. while severe instance of gum disease could require surgical help, most cases won’t.

For instance, sometimes all you’ll need to stop gum disease is scaling and root planing, which is a more intense cleaning than what you’ll typically have. In fact, this cleaning even removes the plaque that causes gum disease from under your gums. For other cases, Dr. Derek C. Barnes may recommend specified medication. Similarly, your dentist may recommend more frequent visits until your gum recover.

Still, prevention is the preferable option. One essential part of preventing gum disease is removing plaque and tartar (which is hardened plaque) from your teeth and gums. You can usually do this by brushing and flossing your teeth at home, but you’ll also need to visit your dentist every six months for a routine cleaning.

Unfortunately, if you have gum disease treated but then neglect your teeth, the problem could return. To avoid this situation, please remember to brush, floss, and visit your dentist every six months. Fortunately, if you follow these steps you can usually hold off gum disease.

If you are interested in learning more, please don’t hesitate to contact us at 704-849-6700. We will gladly answer any questions you may have. We are excited to hear from you.