Gum disease poses a major oral health risk for people in Olathe, KS. Without treatment, poor gum health has been linked to bleeding, serious discomfort, and in extreme cases, adult tooth loss. In order to avoid these complications, we suggest preventive care to protect the gums and prevent the disease. What steps do we need to take to avoid gum disease?
Preventing Periodontal Disease
- Brush Your Teeth Daily: Begin by brushing your teeth twice a day, when you wake and once more before going to bed. Each time should last no less than two minutes. Use a toothbrush with soft bristles to avoid irritating the gum tissue. When we brush, we remove food particles that could feed oral bacteria and cause plaque buildup, a major factor in the onset of gingivitis and gum disease.
- Always Floss: A toothbrush alone cannot remove every stray bit of food trapped in your smile. Flossing removes the particles stuck between the teeth or along the gum line, which is essential for avoiding plaque buildup and inflamed gum tissue. You should floss every night before you go to bed, without exception!
- Avoid Tobacco Products: Did you know cigarettes and other tobacco products can lead to inflammation and advanced gum disease? When we smoke, we increase the risk of tooth loss to periodontitis, and also the risk of several different types of cancer. We urge you to quit today!
- Have Your Teeth Cleaned Twice a Year: Brushing and flossing help control how much plaque can accumulate, but only a professional dental cleaning can remove the buildup completely. Every six months, you should see us to have your teeth thoroughly cleaned. If you have risk factors for the disease, we may suggest one every three to four months. The procedure also reduces the risk of tooth decay, bad breath, and teeth stains.
- Watch for the Warning Signs: Be sure to let us know when you experience the symptoms of the disease. If caught in the gingivitis stage, we may be able to reverse the issue! Watch out for red or sore gums, as well as gums that bleed easily when you brush and floss. Swelling and recession could also indicate trouble. If you have any questions about preventing the disease, or if you feel you need to have an exam and cleaning, then please contact our team today.
Do You Need a Cleaning?
Routine care at our office helps prevent the onset of a variety of oral health issues, even gum disease. For more information on protecting your oral health, then schedule a consultation by calling E-Care Dentistry, PA in Olathe, KS, today at 913-764-1018. We also proudly serve patients from Overland Park, Lenexa, Gardner, and all surrounding communities.