Periodontal disease affects nearly half of the US adult population. Surprisingly this condition is completely preventable with proper oral hygiene. Gum disease starts when the clear film of bacteria, mucous, and food particles called plaque is not removed from your teeth. Eventually it hardens and forms tarter that cannot be removed by brushing. The longer this tarter stays on the teeth, the more detrimental it becomes. First it inflames the gums and if still not treated, it can eventually pull the gums away from the teeth, spread below the gum line, and begin to cause harm the foundation of your teeth. Finally breaking down the bone that hold your teeth in place.
The easiest way to prevent periodontal disease is by following a daily routine of brushing and flossing doubled up with routine visits to your dentist for professional cleanings.
Brushing – Brushing your teeth twice a day, for two minutes at a time removes the bacteria that causes plaque. It is important to do this because it’s easy to remove plaque, but it is impossible to remove tarter without professional help.
Flossing – Flossing is the next most important thing you can do every day to prevent periodontal disease. It removes the plaque from hard to reach places in between your teeth, making it harder for tarter to form. Flossing also allows you to keep tabs on your gums so you notice anything odd like inflammation or excessive bleeding that may be cause for you to visit the dentist.
Routine Cleanings – going to the dentist for a professional cleaning at least twice a year is extremely important for preventing periodontal disease. No matter how well you brush and floss there are hard to reach places that your dentist will be able to get at with ease. They will also be able to offer a professional insight to your situation, and be able to let you detect signs of periodontal disease. And, will be able to begin treatment if periodontal disease is the case.
Preventing periodontal disease is very easy if you practice good oral hygiene. By brushing and flossing daily and seeing your dentist for routine cleanings you’re preventing a very serious disease that can cost you your natural teeth. If you have any questions about periodontal disease, give us a call at Vero VIP Dental today. We can help you understand the risks and teach you the best ways to keep your teeth clean and healthy.