FAQs: How Do I Prevent Gum Disease?

Did you know that numbers from the Centers of Disease Control reveal that over half of US adults over 30 exhibit symptoms of gum disease. Periodontal disease is both widespread and a serious issue, one that can lead to adult tooth loss in the advanced stages. Fortunately, by taking the right steps you can help prevent gum disease.

Frequently Asked Questions About Gum Disease Prevention

Question: What is gum disease?

Answer: Patients develop this dental health issue when their gums become inflamed, eventually pulling away from the teeth and forming pockets at the gum line. Bacteria soon invade these pockets, leading to a number of uncomfortable symptoms.

Question: What are the warning signs?

Answer: Patients with periodontal issues may report sore, red gums that bleed easily when brushing or flossing. In addition, receding gums, bad breath, and loose teeth may develop with time. If you start to notice one or a combination of the above symptoms, then please contact our office right away.

Question: How do I keep my gums healthy?

Answer: With the right preventive steps, you can keep your gums healthy. We recommend brushing your teeth twice a day, once in the morning and again before bed. You should brush for at least two minutes. You also need to floss at least once a day, preferably before going to bed. This removes stray food particles that bacteria can break down and coat the teeth in plaque in the process.

Question: What treatments do my Rochester general dentists offer?

Answer: We often address the issue with a scaling and root planing, also known as a deep cleaning. We simply remove plaque from the teeth and root surface with a special tool, allowing gums to once again adhere to the tooth and close periodontal pockets.


Calcagno Cosmetic and Family Dentistry offer expert services including dental implants, Six Month Smiles, pediatric dentistry, root canals, and teeth whitening in Rochester MN. To schedule a consultation, please call (507) 218-8936. Dr. Gilly Calcagno and Dr. Kara Heimer welcome and serve patients from Rochester, Red Wing, St. Charles, Winona, Farmington, Austin, and the surrounding communities.