In the United States, millions of people suffer from the serious complications of gum disease, which can range from minor discomfort all the way to adult tooth loss. What can you do to prevent gum disease? You may be surprised to learn that simply taking better care of your smile can help safeguard your gums from this serious and widespread disease.
Question: What causes the disease to form?
Answer: When our gums become inflamed and we don’t undergo treatment in a timely manner, gum disease can form. Inflammation can be the result of plaque buildup, poor oral hygiene, family history of inflammation/periodontal disease, and inflammatory illnesses. Whatever the cause, you will need treatment in the inflammation (also known as gingivitis) stage to avoid the onset of the disease.
Question: What symptoms should I be aware of?
Answer: Any chances to your gum tissue could be a warning sign of gingivitis. If your gums feel sore, look more red than usual, or bleed easily, especially when brushing or flossing, then you may need treatment. Contact our office for a diagnosis and to discuss possible treatment options.
Question: How do I protect my smile from home?
Answer: To avoid the disease, we recommend taking proper care of your smile from home. First, always take time to brush your teeth twice a day and floss once a day. We also urge you to avoid tobacco products, such as cigarettes, which can worsen the inflammation and make periodontal disease more likely.
Question: Can the dentist help?
Answer: Yes! We recommend seeing a dentist every six months for a checkup and cleaning. A dental cleaning completely removes plaque and tartar from your smile, reducing the risk of periodontal disease or gingivitis. If you have any questions about preventing periodontal problems, then please contact our office today.
Our team can help you enjoy a healthy smile and offer tips for protecting your smile from periodontal disease. Schedule an appointment today. Contact us at our local Austin, TX office at 512-250-9444.