How to Prevent Gum Disease

Periodontal Maintenance

Progression of Gum Disease

Periodontal Maintenance - My Family Dentist Garland

Periodontal disease can be very harmful for the teeth and gums, and can destroy the support and structure of your entire mouth. There are many types of periodontal diseases which require a different course of treatment. Daily brushing and flossing will help to prevent most gum disease and periodontal conditions, and professional cleaning treatments can make sure that your mouth stays healthy and fresh.

The Importance of Oral Hygiene

Studies show that Adults over 35 actually lose more teeth due to gum diseases than from cavities. 75% of adults are affected at some time in their life. The best way to prevent tooth loss from gum disease or cavities is through daily brushing and flossing with correct technique every day.

Periodontal diseases and decay are both caused by bacterial plaque. Plaque is a white or colorless film which can grow on areas of your teeth near the gum line. Without thorough brushing and flossing, plaque constantly grows on the teeth and can lead to periodontal disease.

Many Factors can Negatively Affect Dental Health Including:

  • Smoking
  • Diabetes
  • Stress
  • Grinding Teeth
  • Medication
  • Poor nutrition habits

Periodontal Disease

Periodontal Disease is caused by gum irritating bacteria growing and causing gums to swell, turn red, and bleed easily. This bacteria produces toxins which negatively affect the health of your gums and teeth. Gum tissue and bones can begin to deteriorate in advanced stages of periodontal disease, leading to tooth loss.

Preventing Gum Disease

Brushing and flossing daily with good technique will prevent most types of gum disease. However, professional examinations and cleaners are absolutely necessary regardless of your habits. One periodontal disease begins, professional intervention is necessary to prevent progress.

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