Did you know that according to the Centers for Disease Control, half of adults over the age of 30 suffer from some stage of periodontal disease? Fortunately, with proper care and attention you can significantly limit your risk of developing gum disease. In today’s blog, we’re going to take a look at steps you can take to prevent the onset of gum disease.
Frequently Asked Questions About Gum Disease Prevention
Question: What causes gum disease?
Answer: Periodontal disease forms when the gingival tissue becomes inflamed, eventually causing the gum tissue to pull away from the teeth and form pockets at the gum line. Once bacteria invade these pockets, periodontal disease develops. Factors behind the initial inflammation can include plaque buildup die to poor oral hygiene, smoking or tobacco use, inflammatory illnesses, or a family history of periodontal problems.
Question: What are signs you need treatment?
Answer: If you notice any sudden changes to your gums, then you should see your dentist for a diagnosis. These changes may include soreness, redness, or bleeding when you brush or floss. Remember, the issue begins as gingivitis, which can be reversed. However, once gum disease forms, we can’t reverse it, we can only manage it to avoid more serious complications, such as adult tooth loss.
Question: How do I avoid the disease?
Answer: First, be sure you’re brushing your teeth twice a day for two minutes each session. We also need patients to floss every night before going to bed. Doing so helps limit how much plaque can form and inflame the gum tissue. You should also have your teeth cleaned every six months to remove all plaque and tartar. Avoid smoking and tobacco products as well!
Question: What if I show signs of gingivitis?
Answer: Should you begin to show signs of inflammation, such as redness or sensitivity, then give us a call. We may be able to perform a deep cleaning, also known as a scaling and root planing, to remove plaque and help reverse gingivitis.
Do You Have Sore Gums?
We can examine your gums and if you require treatment, recommend solutions to help manage periodontal disease. You can schedule an appointment with Munilla Dental in Southlake, TX by calling 817-379-1200.