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As you may already know, gum disease is a serious and dangerous dental issue. In fact, it’s so dangerous that it can lead to loose and lost teeth if it’s left untreated. So, it’s important to visit Dr. Kimberlee J. Karey as soon as possible if you think you might be a victim of gum disease.

After you receive treatment from your dentist, you will need to treat your gum disease at home. You can do so by doing the following things:

Step 1: It’s important to floss your teeth at least once per day. This will help you clean the hard-to-reach areas of your mouth from the plaque and bacteria that infect and irritate your gums. Make sure to thoroughly floss in and around the gumline, but be gentle as you do so. If you aren’t sure how to properly floss, please feel free to ask your dentist for guidance.

Step 2: Brush your teeth two to three times a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush. As you brush, it’s best to use fluoride toothpaste. However, if your dentist recommended using a paste that contains the antibacterial ingredient triclosan, it’s best to use that paste instead.

Step 3: If you have a water irrigator, like Water Pik or Hydro Floss, it’s recommended to irrigate your smile twice per day. Doing so can fight your periodontal disease, massage your gums, rid plaque from your smile, and clean around dental work, like dental crowns, bridges, and implants.

Step 4: Rinse your mouth with antimicrobial mouthwash two to three times a day if possible. This will help reduce the bacteria in your mouth and prevent further infection. However, if your dentist recommended rinsing with a prescribed mouthwash, use that product instead.

Step 5: If your dentist prescribed an antibiotic gel, it’s best to apply it to your gums twice a day after you have brushed, flossed, and irrigated your teeth. This will help kill bacteria and will also help you keep your periodontal disease under control.

Step 6: Take the oral antibiotics that your dentist prescribed to you. This will kill the periodontal infection and will prevent the formation of bacterial colonies, especially after a surgical gum treatment. Make sure you take the medication as recommended.

Call Kimberlee J. Karey, DDS today at 734.668.6612 if you have any questions or if you would like to learn more about gum disease in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Our friendly dental team will be more than happy to help you in any way we can!