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How can I prevent periodontitis?

Discover how periodontal disease can impact both your oral and physical well-being. In this blog, our dentists in Midland explain what periodontitis is and share valuable tips to help you prevent it.

What is periodontitis (gum disease)?

The condition known as periodontitis, also referred to as gum disease, gradually deteriorates your gums. Since gingivitis, which is the early stage, usually causes no pain, it can take some time before any problems are noticed.

On your teeth and along the gum line, plaque builds up and hardens into tartar, also known as calculus. This causes the gums to become inflamed and causes pockets to form between the teeth, which is a perfect environment for bacteria to grow. Cardiovascular disease is one condition that these bacteria can contribute to. Only a dentist with specialized equipment can remove plaque.

Periodontitis can worsen as it spreads, resulting in possible tooth loss due to deterioration of the gums and loss of bone structure. Gum disease is actually one of the most prevalent reasons why adults lose their teeth.

That's why it's crucial to prevent gum disease by diligently maintaining a daily oral hygiene routine of brushing and flossing, as well as attending regular dental hygiene appointments. These practices are essential for preserving your oral health.

How can I prevent periodontitis?

Some helpful tips can prevent gum disease or lower your risk of getting it. Consider the following:

Check your medications. Certain medications can contribute to and aggravate gum disease, including antidepressants, heart medicines and oral contraceptives.

Increase your intake of vitamins A & C, which are part of a healthy diet that helps prevent periodontitis. Also, reduce sugary and starchy foods that promote plaque buildup.

Treat dental issues promptly,  such as teeth grinding, misaligned teeth, or overcrowding. Properly cleaning teeth becomes harder when they're not properly spaced, allowing plaque to grow.

Massage your gums. Along with brushing and flossing regularly (at least twice a day for two minutes each time for brushing, and once daily for thorough flossing), show your gums some love by gently massaging them, which increases blood flow to the tissue.

Use fluoride toothpaste. This key ingredient removes the buildup of plaque bacteria along the gum line without irritating gums.

Quit smoking. Smoking is not only strongly associated with the onset of gum disease, but it also makes it more difficult for your gums to heal once they're damaged, as smoking weakens the immune system.

Be aware of your risk factors, like genetics, diet, age, and smoking. Understanding these factors helps reduce the risk and maintain oral health.

:Ask your dentist about periodontal disease treatment. Periodontal disease treatment should be discussed with your dentist. Early gum disease detection allows for more effective treatment before tooth or jaw bone loss. Treatment options differ according to disease progression and severity.

Prioritize regular oral hygiene - and reducing your personal risk factors - will go a long way in the fight to prevent gum disease. Our gums are as important as our teeth when it comes to our oral health, so it's important not to neglect them.

Are you experiencing pain or bleeding in your gums? Contact our Midland dentists to book an appointment today.

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