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Enjoying an attractive smile means you need to have healthy gums as well as beautiful teeth. The development of gum disease can affect the look of your smile, but gum disease treatment can restore it to good health.

You can keep your gums in good condition by using safe and effective oral hygiene products on a daily basis. These include toothpaste, toothbrushes, all kinds of dental floss, and mouthwash–all of which remove harmful plaque from your mouth. Furthermore, we encourage you to combine daily oral care with regular dental exams and cleanings to ensure you have a healthy smile.

The early stage of gum disease is called gingivitis, and it’s caused by a buildup of plaque, which irritates the gums. As a result, you can experience gum swelling and inflammation, as well as soreness and bleeding. However, this stage of gum disease can also be reversed with treatment.

To restore your gums to good health, improve your daily oral care by brushing your teeth at least twice a day, flossing daily, and using an antibacterial mouthwash to wash away bacteria. You should also eat foods that fight gum inflammation and promote healthy teeth, such as cheese, yogurt, spinach, kale, carrots, and apples.

If you develop advanced gum disease, also known as periodontitis, the gums pull away from the teeth, forming pockets of infection that result in lost teeth and bone material. At this stage, treatment may involve a deep cleaning procedure known as scaling and root planing, as well as antibiotics and even gum surgery.

Please contact Tetting & Tetting, D.D.S. at 920.524.1650 today if you have any questions or suspect you have had signs of gum disease in Appleton, Wisconsin. Our dentists, Dr. Paul R. Tetting and Dr. Faith L. Tetting, will take a look at your mouth and determine the next appropriate step for your oral health.