Periodontal Disease: How to Prevent and Treat it

Adding these simple habits to your daily routine can help prevent this awful inflammatory disease.

If left untreated, periodontal disease can cause the gums and support bone structure to deteriorate. It can then lead to gum recession or even tooth loss. Studies have also shown that periodontal disease is linked to life-threatening diseases such as cancer and diabetes. Thankfully, however, there are ways to prevent such a terrible disease.

Brush your teeth.

Properly brushing your teeth with an antibacterial toothpaste, morning, night and even after meals, can help prevent plaque buildup and will remove food debris and plaque trapped between your teeth and gums. It’s also very important to include your tongue because bacteria most definitely lives there too.

Floss.

Flossing may be a pain, but flossing once a day helps remove food particles and plaque in those hard to reach places.

Mouthwash.

Swishing mouthwash will help tackle those food particles that brushing and flossing left behind.

Know your risks.

Smoking, dieting, genetics, and age can all increase the risk of periodontal disease. Be sure to talk to a dental professional if you are at increased risk.

See a periodontist.

A periodontist looks at your teeth, plaque level, gums, bite, bone structure and other periodontal disease risk factors. Seeing a periodontist once a year will most definitely prevent you from getting the disease.

If you are already a victim of periodontal disease, the best way to treat it is to see your dentist every three to four months for a professional cleaning to remove built-up plaque that has hardened into tartar. If your case is beyond just regular cleanings, then you may have to go through a deep cleaning with root planing and scaling or undergo surgery to repair damages or to place a bone graft to encourage the bone and tissue to regenerate.

Make an appointment today at Dental Innovations to make sure you do not have any signs or forms of periodontal disease.

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