Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease or periodontitis, is one of the leading causes of adult tooth loss. As a child, losing your primary teeth is a rite of passage. However, as an adult, this can be cause for concern, and can even put your health at risk. In today’s blog, your Riverside Dental Group in California is here with tips on how to prevent periodontal disease to increase the longevity of your smile.
Do Not Skip Flossing In Your Routine
You may notice that your dentist asks you how often you floss. This is not to shame your oral hygiene habits. It is actually an important question to assess your gum health. Patients who do not floss are more likely to experience swollen gums or bleeding when they eventually include this step.
To keep your gums in good health and prevent bleeding, make sure that you floss daily. This helps keep away bacteria from in between your teeth where the toothbrush cannot reach. Be sure to floss properly and not too aggressively, as this can also cause you to scrape against the tissue.
If You Need A Deeper Clean
If you have been noticing that you have sensitivity when chewing, have swollen gingival tissue, bad breath even after brushing, or bleeding during your care routine, you may be in the beginning stages of periodontal disease. Gingivitis can be treated if caught early enough, so it is important to see your dentist as soon as possible.
During a periodontal cleaning, the hygienist will perform a deeper cleaning than your standard preventive checkup. Scaling and root planing will be done in order to remove plaque from below the gumline. This will also help reattach the tissue to the root of the tooth. Depending on the stage of infection, you may need several of these cleanings to manage your symptoms.
Who Is At Risk For Gum Disease
Poor oral hygiene in general can increase your chances of developing this disease. However, other factors can put you at risk as well. Tobacco users, people with autoimmune disorders, and genetic predispositions can increase the likelihood of developing this problem. To decrease your chances, follow a healthy diet and lifestyle and prioritize oral hygiene.
Have Gum Concerns? We Can Help You
To schedule a periodontal cleaning, call your closest Riverside Dental Group location today.
Dental Associates of Moreno Valley in Moreno Valley, CA at (951) 697-6800.
Riverside Dental Group at Woodcrest in Riverside, CA at (951) 776-9001.
Oasis Family Dental in Temecula, CA at (951) 695-2290.
Dental Associates of Riverside in Riverside, CA at (951) 369-1001.
Dental Associates of Corona in Corona, CA at (951) 273-9580.