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      Category : Health Centers > Mouth and Teeth (Oral and Dental)

Gingivitis and Periodontitis

Alternate Names : Swollen Gums, Gum Infection, Gingivostomatitis, Trench Mouth, Pyorrhea

Gingivitis and Periodontitis | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

What are the treatments for the disease?

A dental healthcare professional is responsible for recommending appropriate treatment, which may vary considerably from person to person. Full patient cooperation is essential and will be stressed by the dentist or hygienist. Treatment without good oral hygiene practices at home will not be successful.

Depending on the stage of the disease, treatment can range anywhere from simple cleaning, called prophylaxis, and home care to complex periodontal surgery. In advanced cases, some or all the teeth may have to be extracted.

What happens after treatment for the disease?

Since dental plaque will continue to form after treatment, good home care is needed to prevent relapse of this disease.

How is the disease monitored?

Regular dental checkups must continue to detect relapse or resumption of this disease, which can happen at any time.

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Author: Marvin Goldfogel, DDS
Reviewer: Daniel C. Pizzi, DMD
Date Reviewed: 05/02/01

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