Gum disease impacts millions of Americans, and the advanced stage of the disease, periodontitis, is the main cause of adult tooth loss. Despite the widespread prevalence of the disease, you can take steps to help prevent the onset of the periodontal disease.
Steps to Prevent the Aid in the Onset of Gum Disease
- Brush Twice a Day: One major factor behind the onset of gum disease is plaque buildup, as plaque irritates the gums can cause inflammation. You can help limit the amount of plaque that forms on the teeth by brushing your teeth thoroughly twice a day, once when you wake up and again before bed. Each session should last about two minutes to ensure you remove all food particles.
- Floss Every Night: Even more important than brushing is flossing. When you floss, you reach the spaces between the teeth that a toothbrush cannot. You can help lessen the severity of plaque buildup and keep your smile healthy and inflammation free. You should floss every night before going to bed and can use floss tape, floss picks, or water flossers, just as long as you’re cleaning between the teeth.
- Have Your Teeth Cleaned: While brushing and flossing can reduce how much plaque can accumulate onto the teeth, only a dental cleaning can completely remove the buildup. We will use an ultrasonic scaler to loosen and remove the plaque and tartar from your teeth. We then polish the tooth. The procedure helps keep your gums healthy.
- Quit Using Tobacco Products: Smoking and other tobacco products can increases the severity of gum disease, elevating the chances of the advanced stage, periodontitis, occurring. Periodontitis is a major factor behind the onset of adult tooth loss.
- Be Aware of the Warning Signs: Know when to see the dentist and take action! Changes to the gums, such as redness, soreness, or bleeding when you brush or floss, could be signs of initial inflammation. Remember, gingivitis can be reversed, but once periodontal disease forms we can’t cure it, only manage it. You should see your dentist right away for a diagnosis.
Do You Need a Cleaning?
At Snow Park Dental, Dr. Mark A. Miller can offer treatment to help manage gum disease or treat gingivitis. Contact us today at 505-299-2979 to schedule a consultation at our Albuquerque, NM, office. We welcome patients and families from Rio Rancho, Corrales, Edgewood, Tijeras, Los Lunas, and all surrounding communities.