Keeping your gums healthy is essential to overall oral health. Regular dentist and periodontist visits as well as addressing any problems as they arise—before they become major issues—is also crucial. We are proud to offer periodontist services to patients in the Tampa Bay area. In this blog post, we’ll share some of the ways you can help keep your gums as healthy as possible.
Gum disease, or periodontal disease, occurs when bacteria found in plaque accumulates between the teeth and gums. As this bacteria grows, the gums become inflamed. This inflammation, when left untreated, can cause deterioration of the gums and supporting bone structure. Gum recession and tooth loss may follow. Preventing gum disease can help keep the underlying bone healthier. Additionally, gum disease may be linked to other diseases such as heart disease and diabetes.
Periodontal disease is preventable, however. Having a good oral hygiene routine is essential to preventing periodontal disease. The following habits can go a long way to preventing periodontal disease.
- Brush, brush, brush. Brushing your teeth in the morning and after meals can help eradicate food debris and prevent plaque from accumulating at the gumline. Brushing your tongue also can help rid your mouth of harmful bacteria.
- Flossing. Flossing after meals or at least once a day can also help to remove food debris from areas your toothbrush misses.
- Use mouthwash. Swishing with mouthwash can help in the effort to combat plaque and act as another line of defense against food debris.
- Know the risk factors. Being honest with yourself and your doctor about your risk factors for periodontal disease is also crucial for gum care. Age, smoking status, nutrition, and genetics all play a role in your risk for periodontal disease. Patients with increased risk of gum disease should seek help from a dental professional.
- Visit your periodontist. An annual comprehensive periodontal evaluation, or CPE, is another habit to incorporate into your dental care regimen. A CPE will assess your teeth, plaque level, gum health, bite, health of bone structure, and other aspects of your oral health. Identifying problems early is key.
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To learn more about our periodontal services or to schedule your consultation, contact us at 1-800-NEW-LOOK or use the contact form below to reach out. We have several Tampa Bay area locations including offices in Trinity, Palm Harbor, and Spring Hill.
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