Periodontal disease, or gum disease, is caused when bacteria found in plaque builds up between the teeth and the gums. When that grows, the gums become inflamed. If left untreated, this inflammation can cause the gums and any bones around them to slowly degenerate. Periodontal disease can also result in receding gums and even tooth loss. However, periodontal disease can be prevented by adding certain habits into your daily life.
First of all, a regular brushing and flossing routine is necessary for overall optimal health, not just for periodontal disease prevention. Brushing after meals removes food debris and plaque that can be trapped between the teeth and gums, leading to gum disease.
Flossing at least once a day (more often is recommended) also helps remove particles and bacteria that the toothbrush alone can’t reach. Mouthwash also is helpful in preventing plaque growth. As for the likelihood of developing periodontal disease, genetics, diet, age and smoking all play a part.
The best periodontal disease prevention is the regular maintenance of your teeth and gums. A comprehensive periodontal evaluation from one of our dental professionals can help too. At LuxDen Dental Center, we will look at your teeth, plaque, gums, bite, and other factors for periodontal disease. Ultimately, identifying symptoms early on is the best way to prevent the advancement of gum disease.
To learn more about periodontal disease prevention and to schedule an appointment to best rated dental specialist, call us at (718) 382-3444 today.