Did you know that studies from the Centers for Disease Control show 42.7% of adults experience some form of periodontal disease? Over time, the disease can weaken your oral health and increase the risk of adult tooth loss. Can you prevent gum disease? Many people are surprised to learn that routine oral maintenance can actually help protect your smile from this serious dental disease.
Frequently Asked Questions About Gum Disease Prevention
Question: Does it matter if I brush and floss?
Answer: Yes it does! Like you were told in childhood: You need to brush and floss everyday. Brushing and flossing can help limit the severity of plaque buildup and cleanse the mouth of harmful oral bacteria. Not only does your breath stay fresh, but you also have a lower risk of periodontal problems.
Question: Do I need to have my teeth cleaned regularly?
Answer: To avoid the onset of gum disease you must have your teeth cleaned once every six months. A dental cleaning involves removing the plaque buildup form your teeth. While brushing and flossing can limit plaque only a cleaning can completely remove it. The process also involves thoroughly polishing your teeth.
Question: Will I need a scaling and root planing?
Answer: In the early stages of the disease your gums pull away from the teeth and form pockets. Soon, plaque can coat both your crowns and the exposed parts of your root. A scaling and root planing removes these deposit from your crowns and roots, reversing or managing the disease.
Question: What if I smoke?
Answer: If you smoke or use tobacco products we advise quitting right away. In addition to increasing the risk of periodontitis, the advanced stage of gum disease that causes tooth loss, smoking also leads to a higher chance of developing oral, throat, or lung cancer. If you have any questions about prevention or treatment then please contact our office today.