On Monday, we took a look at the factors that can lead to the onset of gingivitis and eventually, gum disease. Today, we’re going to focus on how you can prevent gum disease with routine dental visits and proper home care. With the right steps, you can help safeguard your smile against a serious oral health concern.
Common Questions About Gum Disease Prevention
Question: Does brushing and flossing impact my risk?
Answer: Yes! When you brush and floss, you remove food particles from your mouth. Without routine care, these particles could be broken down by bacteria, a process that coats the teeth in plaque and leads to gum inflammation over time. You should brush your teeth twice a day (once when you wake up and again before bed) and always floss our teeth before going to sleep each night.
Question: Will smoking lead to periodontal problems?
Answer: Yes. When you smoke or use tobacco products, your gum health can suffer. Using tobacco can increase the risk of the advanced stage of gum disease, known as periodontitis. When this stage develops, people can soon suffer from adult tooth loss.
Question: How often should I see a dentist?
Answer: You should see your dentist once every six months for a checkup and cleaning. A checkup allows the doctor to examine your smile and identify the early stages of the disease, offering treatment to reverse it (in the gingivitis stage) or successfully manage it (if the disease has already formed). A cleaning removes all plaque from the teeth, protecting your gums from gingivitis and gum disease.
Question: What signs indicate trouble?
Answer: If you notice your gums look more red than usual, feel sore, or if they bleed easily when you brush or floss, you should see the dentist right away.
To learn more, contact AH Smiles in Arlington Heights IL. Schedule a consultation online, or call our office today at (847) 230-9703.