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Had dental exam, my dentist did periodontal probe with a couple results of 4. With increased brushing and flossing can I reverse it?
Yes!: With proper and regular home care (brushing, flossing, & rinsing) after a strict regiment of professional maintenance, your 4mm pockets should return to their healthy status. Remember 1-3mm w/o bleeding is normal and every tooth should be probed in 6 areas at least 1x per year. If a pocket or two don't resolve after these efforts, localized placent of antibiotics almost always corrects the pocket! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Good oral hygiene: Good periodontal therapy started with good oral home care. Oral hygiene, i.e. Brush and floss are the utmost important part of treatment. Brush both your teeth and your gum. This will alleviate the gingival inflammation and bleeding. Your dentist can perform more thorough subgingival debridement. The outcome of therapy depends on the diagnosis, identified the cause, treatment, and follow up. ...Read more
Chronic infection: Gum disease is a chronic inflammatory disease initiated by bacteria on your teeth. As the bacteria spreads under your gums and into your bone the bodies inflammatory response eats away the collagen network that hold the gums and bone together. While the mechanism of destruction is immune mediated it is in response to the bacterial infection. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
There are multiple: There are multiple treatment options depending on the severity of the disease and the local anatomy. Periodontal disease is a disease where the bone supporting the teeth is lost. So for example it can be lost with accompanying gum recession-no pockets no surgical intervention or without gum recession and pocket-therefore surgical intervention. See a periodontist. Dhschneid@gmail.Com 4 a referral. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers