Gum disease impacts millions in the United States, leading to discomfort and in the advanced stages, a major cause of adult tooth loss. Can anything be done to avoid gum disease? Despite the disease’s prevalence, you can take steps to significantly reduce your risk of developing periodontal problems.
Try Our Quiz on Avoiding Gum Disease
- True or False: Poor oral hygiene can increase the risk of poor gum health.
- True or False: Changes in your gum’s appearance could be a warning sign.
- True or False: A dental cleaning can help protect your gums.
- True or False: We may offer a deep cleaning to reverse the issue in the early stages.
- True. When we don’t brush and floss our teeth, food particles can remain on or between the teeth. Harmful bacteria then feed on these particles, a process that coats the teeth in a sticky biofilm known as plaque. The buildup actually irritates the gums, leading to the inflammation that can cause periodontal disease. You should always brush your teeth twice a day for at least two minutes each session. You also need to floss each night before bed.
- True. If you notice parts of your gums appear more red than usual or feel sore, this could be a warning sign. Also, if you notice bleeding when you brush or floss you should consider scheduling an appointment. We can perform a diagnosis to see if you require treatment for periodontal issues.
- True. A cleaning can remove all of the plaque from your teeth, reducing your risk of developing gum disease. You should have your teeth cleaned every six months.
- True. A deep cleaning, also known as a scaling and root planing, can be used to reverse gingivitis and manage gum disease.
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