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Treatments for Periodontal Disease
The treatment and management of periodontal disease involves regular dental care, lifestyle changes, medications, deep cleaning, and possibly surgery.
The goals of treatment of periodontal disease include:
- Controlling the underlying infection
- Halting destruction of the gums, tissues, and bones that support your teeth
- Avoiding potential tooth loss
Your dentist may need to refer you to a specialist in the treatment of gum disease, called a periodontist.
Treatment involves the following:Lifestyle changesMedicationsSurgeryOther treatments
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Gum (Periodontal) Disease. NIH SeniorHealth website. Available at: http://nihseniorhealth.gov/periodontaldisease/riskfactorsandprevention/01.html. Accessed August 17, 2016.
Periodontal disease. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. Available at: http://www.cdc.gov/OralHealth/periodontal%5Fdisease/. Updated March 10, 2015. Accessed August 17, 2016.
Periodontal (gum) disease: Causes, symptoms, and treatments. National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research website. Available at: http://www.nidcr.nih.gov/OralHealth/Topics/GumDiseases/PeriodontalGumDisease.htm#riskFactors.Updated September 2013. Accessed August 17, 2016.
- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 09/2016
- Update Date: 09/17/2014