How can I prevent gum disease?
Prevention is the best defense you have against developing almost any kind of oral health concern, and this is especially true with gum disease. The best place for you to start is with a conscientious routine of at-home oral hygiene, which includes brushing and flossing twice a day.
Periodontal disease is a bacterial infection that affects your gums where they meet your teeth. It occurs when the bacteria found in plaque around and between your teeth are not removed and allowed to grow, eventually leading to gum disease, deterioration of your jaw bone, and even tooth loss.
You can remove a lot of the plaque and tartar yourself with regular brushing and flossing, but you can’t eliminate it completely. That is why it is essential to schedule regular exams with the Pelham dentist, and professional cleanings with one of our dental hygienist. Our hygienists are trained to safely and gently remove this material, eliminating the risk for developing gum disease.
There are other common-sense methods for avoiding gum disease such as watching your intake of sweet foods and brushing after eating whenever possible. If you’re overdue for an exam or dental cleaning, please contact our office, and we will be happy to schedule an appointment.