The Patient’s Guide to Preventing Gum Disease
Did you know 7 out of 10 Canadians will have gum disease in their lifetime? Gum disease is an incredibly common and regularly overlooked condition that can be prevented with the right treatment. However, treating gum disease goes beyond a single visit to our Archdale office.
At Triad Cosmetic Dentistry, we’ll not only treat your condition, but our team will help you learn the right skills for preventing gum disease in the long run. Learn what signs to look out for and how you can protect your smile with these easy steps.
Understanding Gum Disease
The first stage of gum disease is gingivitis, or gum inflammation. This is when plaque hardens and turns into tartar, causing your gums to appear irritated and red. If left untreated, it’ll advance into a more serious condition called periodontitis. Plaque will move closer to your tooth roots, causing your gums to separate from your teeth and potentially leading to tooth loss from infection.
Signs to Look Out For
It’s easy for gum disease to develop to an advanced stage while undetected. That’s why it’s important to watch out for common signs of gum disease, which may include:
- Red or swollen gums
- Teeth shifting positions
- Receding gum line
- Spaces or gaps between teeth
- Permanent bad breath
- Bleeding gums while brushing or flossing
Why Treatment Isn’t Enough
Completely eliminating gum disease-causing bacteria is challenging and often goes beyond getting periodontal treatment. Patients recovering from severe periodontitis often have extended gaps between their teeth and gums. This allows bacteria and debris to gather and reinfect the exposed tissue below the gum line.
Reinfection can also be caused by inadequate after-care maintenance or lack of supportive treatment. While practicing good oral hygiene is critical for every patient, those recovering from gum disease should take extra measures to prevent debris and bacteria from getting trapped in their enlarged periodontal pockets.
Prevention Starts At Home
Routine visits are important to remove tartar and discover early signs of gum disease, but good oral health begins at home. Follow these easy steps to help prevent gum disease and maintain a healthy, beautiful smile:
- Brush at least twice a day–for about two to three minutes, and make sure to brush along the gumline
- Floss daily–this’ll help remove plaque from places your toothbrush can’t reach
- Change your diet–increase your intake of Vitamin A and C, and avoid foods high in sugar and starch
- Avoid tobacco products–smoking can promote gum disease and oral cancer
- Schedule regular check-ups–come in once every six months for a professional cleaning with one of our Triad dentists
Recognizing the signs of gum disease and being proactive is the first step toward preventing the condition. This’ll help our Triad dentists tackle any problems before they become serious enough to damage your winning smile.
Get a Healthier Smile at Triad Cosmetic Dentistry
The best way to protect your smile is preventing gum disease before it advances. Whether you’re recovering from treatment or trying to stay ahead of the game, our team is here to help.
Give us a call at 336-434-3186 to schedule a free consultation with one of our Triad dentists or simply fill out a contact form below. We’ll be happy to explain the best ways to prevent gum disease and what you can do from the comfort of your own home. Don’t wait, start protecting your smile today.