How Do I Prevent Gum Disease?

Studies from the Centers for Disease Control reveal the extent of gum disease’s threat. Half of adults in the United States suffer from some stage of the disease. Without treatment, the risk of adult tooth loss grows. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to help prevent gum disease from developing.

Frequently Asked Questions About Gum Disease Prevention

Question: How does the disease start?

Answer: Initially, the patient develops gum inflammation, also known as gingivitis. Inflammation occurs due to poor oral hygiene allowing plaque buildup to form, as well as smoking or possibly family history. In the early stages, the patient may notice soreness, redness in the gums, and bleeding when brushing and flossing. While gingivitis can be reversed, gum disease cannot, so treating the problem in the inflammation stage is crucial.

Question: What symptoms should I be aware of?

Answer: As we mentioned above, any sudden changes in your gums, such as their shade or frequent bleeding. In addition, gum recession and in extreme cases, loose teeth could be an indicator of the disease.

Question: What daily habits can protect my smile?

Answer: To prevent the onset of periodontal problems, we urge patients to avoid smoking and tobacco use. In addition, people should be brushing their teeth twice a day for two minutes each session. Flossing every night before bed is also vital for avoiding the disease.

Question: How often do I need a dental cleaning?

Answer: Even if you brush and floss, you still need a professional cleaning to completely remove plaque and tartar from the teeth. We recommend a dental cleaning every six months. If you have any questions about prevention, or if you would like to schedule a visit, then please contact our office today. Remember, with the right care, you have a chance at avoiding the disease altogether.

Do You Have Questions About Periodontal Disease Prevention?

Would you like more information on preventing the onset of gum disease? Our dentists can provide you with cosmetic, restorative, and other dentistry services to give you a healthier and more attractive smile. Contact us at our local Sheridan, WY office at 307-672-7567.