Do you ever notice that your gums bleed when you brush your teeth? Have you been accused of having bad breath? Do you notice that your gums are red or swollen? Believe it or not, these are the early indicators of gum disease, and this is a good time to visit your dental provider. Here we'll discuss how you can help prevent gum disease in Metairie, LA.
Improve Your Brushing and Flossing Technique
For optimum oral health your dental provider recommends that you brush and floss at least twice per day, however did you know that your brushing and flossing techniques are just as important? In order to remove the plaque that causes gum disease and tooth decay, you'll want to use gentle circular motions and massage your gums for at least two minutes. Brushing too hard can result in damage to your gum tissue, and brushing for at least two minutes ensures that you remove your excess plaque. Flossing removes plaque from in between your teeth where you also can get cavities.
Regular Dental Visits
Your dental team is your first line of defense in preventing periodontal (gum) disease, and this is because they can detect it much earlier than you can. You'll be screened for gum disease at every cleaning and check up appointment in order to detect it in its earliest stages and ensure that you have the best chance of successfully managing your gum disease. Gingivitis, which is the early stage of gum disease can be treated with a thorough professional cleaning and improved home care. In some cases, it may even be able to be reversed in this stage.
Periodontitis, which is the advanced stage of gum disease will require a deeper cleaning below the gum line. It's in this stage that damage may start to occur. If left untreated, periodontitis can cause both bone and tooth loss. Unfortunately, there is no cure for gum disease, however partnering with your dental provider to manage your gum disease is the best way to successfully manage your condition.
At Oak Family Dental we welcome patients of all ages and would love to partner with you and your family in achieving and maintaining optimum oral health. We believe that prevention is the best medicine and we're happy to discuss your oral health with you and give you the tools you need to prevent issues such as gum disease and tooth decay. Give us a call today to schedule your next cleaning and check up appointment.