How to Prevent Gum Disease
Periodontal disease is a potentially serious gum infection that can lead to bone and soft tissue loss as well as tooth loss. It can affect your entire body and may even increase your risk of certain health problems. Our Northridge dentist recommends taking a proactive approach to gum disease.
The American Dental Association recommends good dental hygiene as one of the best ways to reduce your risk of gum disease. Brush after meals or at least two times a day. When you brush, use fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristled brush, and spend about two minutes brushing all surfaces of your teeth. Replace your brush or brush head at least every three months. After brushing, use dental floss or an interdental cleaner to brush between your teeth.
A healthy lifestyle can also help reduce your risk of oral health problems. Smoking is one of the top risk factors for gum disease. If you smoke, quit. A well-balanced diet is equally important. Focus on fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy and lean protein. This provides your teeth and gums with the nutrients they need to resist infection.
Because the condition is most treatable and reversible when diagnosed early, monitor your gums for signs of infection. If your gums appear to be red, swollen or seem to be receding, further evaluation is in order. Gum disease can also cause chronic bad breath and gum bleeding. Treatment recommendations may include scaling and root planing and topical antimicrobials.
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