Gum, or periodontal, diseases are infections of the structures around your teeth such as your gums and bone. You might also hear it referred to as gingivitis, which is the earliest stage of periodontal disease. In more severe forms of the disease, an infection can invade deeper into the tissue and destroy bone surrounding the teeth.
There are different levels of treatment for gum disease based on the severity.
Gum disease for some may be a lifelong treatment like diabetes or high blood pressure.
If you are numbed for the procedure, take care not to bite your lips or cheek and a softer diet is recommended for a few days
If your gums are sore, you can rinse with warm salt water for some relief. Your gums might be sore for several days, rinsing and a mild anti-inflammatory such as Advil can help.
Your hygienist will let you know if you need any ongoing care, typically depending on the severity and how you’re healing. Remember that it’s best to stay on top of your mouth care if you have a history of gum disease. See our Good Oral Hygiene page for suggestions.