How to Avoid Periodontal Disease

How to Avoid Periodontal Disease

Once your adult teeth come in, those are the only natural teeth you will have for the rest of your life. It is important to take the best care of your teeth you can to avoid losing them. Most people don’t think as much about their gums and taking care of them. Though most people have heard of gum disease, they may not know exactly what it is and what causes it. 

At Morning Dental in Santa Ana and Huntington Beach, California, we have all the information and treatments you need to keep your teeth and your gums healthy. Highly respected and skilled dentists Bao Nguyen, DDS and Michael Florman, DDS make dental care easy and comfortable for you and your family. They provide the guidance and care that you need to avoid the discomfort and complications of periodontal disease 

What is periodontal disease?

Periodontal disease is more commonly called gum disease. It’s a condition that causes inflammation and sometimes infection of your gums and bones in your mouth that support your teeth. Caused by a buildup of a sticky film of bacteria called plaque, in its early stages it’s called gingivitis, and it can be reversed with proper care.

Gingivitis can worsen if not treated at the appropriate time, and turn into periodontitis. When this happens, there are small pockets that develop between your gums and your teeth. These spaces trap bacteria, allowing them to attack the bones in your jaw. Your gums recede and your teeth can loosen and in severe cases, can fall out.

What are the symptoms?

There are a number of symptoms that can indicate that you have periodontal disease. These include:

The only way you can know for sure if you have periodontal disease is by having an examination by a qualified dentist. 

How to avoid periodontal disease

There are many things you can do to avoid developing periodontal disease. Your regular teeth care, such as brushing and flossing daily, and regular dental checkups, help prevent plaque that can lead to gum disease. Avoiding using tobacco products also helps support gum health. Likewise, eating fewer sugars and carbohydrates and drinking less alcohol is best for your gums, along with your teeth. 

Certain medications can increase your chances of developing gum disease, as can hormonal changes and illnesses. You can talk to your dentist about your concerns if these risk factors apply to you. In addition, having crowded or crooked teeth can increase your chances of getting cavities as well as gum disease. 

To learn more about gum disease and the treatments that are available, call either one of our offices to set up an appointment, or request an appointment on our website.

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