If you have periodontal disease and want to keep your teeth, it’s going to require some treatment and some slight changes in lifestyle. Here’s the outline of what you need to do:
Initially, you need to get a deep cleaning, called “scaling” or “root planing” that goes under your gum and removes all of the calculus (tartar) and microbial debris from the tooth surface. This cleaning can take hours, and is usually spaced out over two to five appointments, and is done with anesthetic. It’s considerably more expensive than a routine cleaning.
The initial treatment may also include some medications. This is a developing area of knowledge, but, in the cases of some patients, periodontitis is responding to light doses of a tetracycline to help resist the bone destruction and also antimicrobial irrigation under the gums.
You will need to have a professional tooth cleaning more often. Rather than having this done every six months, you will now need to have it done every two, three, or four months.