Gum disease starts as gingivitis, which may manifest in swollen, red, tender gums. Eventually if it’s left untreated, gingivitis can lead to serious periodontitis that includes loose teeth, infection and even tooth loss. Fortunately, preventing gum disease is easy if you know your risks and the best preventative measures to take.
Preventing gum disease is like preventing other dental problems. The most important thing is to brush your teeth regularly, at least twice a day, once at morning and once at night. If possible, brush after you eat to remove plaque and debris from the surface of your teeth. Bacteria often collects on the tongue so take a few extra seconds to brush there also.
Flossing is right up there with brushing when it comes to habits that keep your mouth healthy. Your teeth should be flossed at least once a day, preferably right before you go to bed. This helps remove plaque and food particles that are near the gum line that your toothbrush may skim right over.
Add a Mouthwash
Once you’ve brushed and flossed, you can go the extra step by adding a mouthwash to your daily routine. Some mouthwashes help to keep the mouth free from bacteria and wash away any remaining debris you have on your teeth or gums.
What Are Your Risks?
Despite your best efforts, you may end up with gum disease that must be treated by a periodontist in Larkspur, CA. Certain people are at higher risk, and diet, genetics, smoking and age can increase your changes of getting gum disease. Your dental professional can inform you if you have an increased risk and what you should do to do counteract it.
At Marin Periodontics Dental Group, Dr. Ahn is an extremely qualified and experience professional when it comes to treating gum disease. If you have additional questions or want to schedule an appointment to assess your risks, schedule an appointment today.