Gum Disease impacts millions of smiles. In fact, studies from the Centers for Disease Control show half of people over the age of 30 suffer from some stage of the disease. How do you prevent gum disease? What steps can you take to protect your smile from the onset of periodontal disease?
Frequently Asked Questions About Preventing Gum Disease
Question: Does inflammation lead to gum disease?
Answer: Yes. Inflammation, also known as gingivitis, can cause the gums to pull away from the teeth and form pockets at the gum line. Once bacteria infiltrate these pockets, periodontal disease can form. Warning signs of inflammation include sore and/or red gums, as well as bleeding when brushing or flossing.
Question: Will brushing and flossing help control plaque buildup?
Answer: Yes. When you brush twice a day and floss once a day you remove food particles from the smile. This process helps reduce the severity of plaque buildup between dental cleaning visits. By reducing the amount of plaque on your teeth, you decrease the chances of gum issue becoming inflamed.
Question: Does smoking impact your risk?
Answer: Yes. When you smoke or use tobacco you can worsen gum disease, making the risk of periodontitis more likely. An advanced stage of the disease, periodontitis can cause the connective tissue between the teeth and gums to dissolve, leading to tooth loss. In addition, smoking also makes the chances of oral, lung, and throat cancer more likely. We always recommend our patients stop smoking immediately.
Question: Should you have your teeth cleaned?
Answer: Yes. Every six months you should have your teeth thoroughly cleaned. A dental cleaning is the only way to completely remove plaque from your teeth, freshening breath and brightening teeth in the process. If you have any questions or if you would like to schedule a cleaning, then contact our office today.