Periodontist Advice: How to Avoid Gum Disease
Gum disease is a serious medical concern and shouldn’t be taken lightly. Gum disease can progress into tooth loss and sometimes lead to other diseases. If you notice signs and symptoms of gum disease you should see a periodontist. Dr. Lynn is a board certified periodontist and can help you treat and prevent further problems. Ideally, you’ll never have gum disease and won’t need a periodontist. You can take steps to prevent gum disease and we’ll break down how to do that today in our blog.
Brush and Floss Daily
The daily routine concept has probably been drilled into your head by now, but it’s for good reason. Your first and best defense against gum disease is taking good care of your teeth and gums. Brush twice a day and floss at least once. A good mouthwash will help as well. We can’t stress the importance of this routine enough. Doing these things greatly reduce plaque, bacteria, and your risk for gum disease.
Know the Signs
If your gums bleed when you floss or brush, you more than likely have gingivitis. This isn’t something to have a huge panic over, but you should take it seriously. Gingivitis is a mild gum disease, but it can progress to periodontal disease. This stage of gum disease is fairly easy to fix, so you’ll want to take steps to combat it. Regular brushing and flossing can reverse this damage, and you can see a periodontist to work out a simple treatment plan. Once you reach more advanced stages of periodontal disease you’ll need a periodontist to provide treatment and possibly procedures, so you’ll want to do your best to avoid this progression.
Take Care of Your Overall Wellbeing
By paying close attention to your general health, you can help prevent gum disease. Avoid smoking, as this can hasten the appearance of gum disease. Eating healthy can also help you have stronger teeth and gums, and the lack of sugar in healthy foods is good for your dental health as well. Be aware of your genetic disposition too. If your family has a history of dental issues and gum disease, you may have greater risk. Having this knowledge can encourage you to be more proactive with your dental care regimen.
Come to a Periodontist You Can Trust
At Lynn Dental Care, we offer periodontal services to give you the best chance to prevent gum disease. Making an appointment with a periodontist allows us to take a close look at your gums and answer any questions you may have. If you ever need gum treatment, we’ll make sure to give you the care you need. Contact us today for an appointment or view our website for more information.