Although it tends to affect older people more often than the young, gum disease isn’t an age-related disease; it’s neither determined by age, nor is it a natural part of the aging process. On the contrary, gumdisease can develop from poor dental hygiene regardless of age, race, gender, and color, and if not prevented or dealt with early, the disease can cost you one or more teeth. As a progressive condition, gum disease can’t be completely eradicated once it’s developed; therefore, keeping your mouth safe from it is best accomplished by preventing gum disease development in the first place.
Tips to Prevent Gingivitis & Gum Disease
Make Brushing and Flossing a Priority
Gingivitis, the first stage of gum disease, describes a gum infection that results from excessive bacteria along the gum line. Brushing and flossing your teeth at least twice is the most effective method of controllingoral bacteria on a daily basis. If you skip one or two brushings, then the germs can accumulate enough to irritate and infect your gum tissues. For improved results, use antibacterial mouthwash to further combat bacteria buildup.
Attend Every Scheduled Checkup & Cleaning
The same way your teeth need daily attention with a toothbrush and floss, they also need routine professional care every six months, or more often, if recommended. During your visits, Dr. Smith and our talented hygienists can thoroughly clean your teeth to remove the gumdisease-causing bacteria that you may have missed. Dr. Smith can also spot signs of early gingivitis and recommend treatment to prevent it from becoming full-blown gum disease.
Pay Attention at the Bathroom Sink
When your gums are infected, you may notice that they look red and swollen, and probably bleed when you brush and floss your teeth. If any of these occur, or if your teeth grow loose or feel sensitive around the gum line, then schedule an appointment with Dr. Smith as soon as possible to determine if gingivitis and gum disease are a threat. Treating it early will improve your chances of avoiding irreversible damage and the need for extensive, specialized periodontal treatment.
ABOUT YOUR GRAND PRAIRIE DENTIST:
Dr. Quinn Smith is a well-respected and highly experienced general, restorative, and family dentist in Grand Prairie, TX. He takes a patient-first approach that starts from the moment patients enter our Pecan Tree Dental office, and he offers a three-year guarantee on all dental work that he performs. Whether you and your family are new or returning patients, you can schedule a consultation or your next appointment with Dr. Smith by contacting us at (972) 262-5111.