Can You Really Prevent Gum Disease?

In the United States alone, half of adults over the age of 30 suffer from periodontal disease. This widespread disease can lead to serious complications for your oral health, including the loss of your adult teeth. Can you really prevent gum disease from occurring? In many cases, routine oral care can significantly reduce the risk of the disease.

Common Questions About Gum Disease Prevention

Question: What causes the disease?

Answer: The disease occurs when the gums become inflamed. The inflammation causes the gingival tissue to pull away from the teeth and expose pockets, leaving the tissue vulnerable to harmful bacteria. Causes of the initial inflammation may include smoking, poor oral hygiene, certain medications, family history, and chronic illnesses.

Question: Can our daily habits help prevent it?

Answer: Yes. When you brush and floss your teeth you remove harmful bacteria and lessen the severity of plaque buildup, which reduces the risk of gum inflammation. You should brush your teeth twice daily, once in the morning and once more before you go to bed. You should also floss each day before you go to sleep.

Question: What symptoms should I watch for?

Answer: Always be aware of any changes to gums. If they appear red, recede, feel sore, or bleed easily, then you may be experiencing the symptoms of gingivitis or the early stages of gum disease. Don’t ignore these potential warning signs; see your dentist for a thorough exam right away.

Question: Does a dental cleaning impact oral health?

Answer: Yes. A dental cleaning is the only way to completely remove plaque and tartar from the teeth. Doing so twice a year can reduce the risk of inflammation and gum disease. If you have any questions about preventing gum disease, or if you would like to schedule a visit, then contact our office today.