Gum Disease Prevention & Oral Health
Serving patients in Atlanta and Marietta, GA
Making sure you have healthy and beautiful teeth and gum is our main goal at The Szikman Dental Group, P.C.. Sometimes, however, proper oral care needs to continue outside of our office to ensure the best results. While gum disease can be prevented with regular professional cleanings, you do need to take good care of your gums with proper care.
Learn How to Prevent Gum Disease
Also referred to as periodontal disease, gum disease is a chronic inflammation and infection of the gums and surrounding tissue. Gum disease is the main culprit in about 70% of all adult tooth loss cases. This condition occurs when sticky, colorless bacterial plaque is not properly and regularly removed from teeth. Anyone can develop gum disease, but certain risk factors do increase odds. Not surprisingly, people who smoke or chew tobacco are more likely to have periodontal disease.
Additionally, diseases such as diabetes, taking certain medications, and having chronic dry mouth can also lead to problems with your oral soft tissues. Thankfully, gum disease can be easily prevented and treated through proper home care and regular professional dental cleanings.
How to prevent gum disease:
- Though most who use tobacco know this, you should quit! This is a leading culprit of gum disease.
- Use toothpaste that contain a healthy level of fluoride. Ask your dental hygienist what they recommend.
- Use an antiseptic or anti-plaque mouthwash.
- Carefully floss (or at least use a tooth pick) after eating to ensure that you don’t have food stuck between teeth.
- Chew a piece of sugar-free gum after each meal if you aren’t able to brush.
Common gum disease symptoms include red, swollen gums that bleed easily when brushed or flossed, and persistent bad breath. This is because the bacteria that build up on the gum line acts like a toxin to the surrounding soft tissue, causing inflammation and swelling. These irritating symptoms can lead to further dental complications — like tooth and bone being broken down over time. It is important to consult your dentist if you suspect you may be suffering from gum disease.
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We hope you find these simple tips useful, and easy to follow. Also ensure that you’re getting your regular professional teeth cleanings at The Szikman Dental Group, P.C. for optimal results. We are always eager to educate our patients on proper oral care at home, so visit us today.