Protecting Your Smile From Gum Disease

Periodontal disease could lead to serious discomfort, as well as a risk of adult tooth loss for many patients. Fortunately, routine care at home can often help protect your smile from this disease. In today’s blog, your Redmond, OR, dentist talks about periodontal health, and how you can protect your gums from trouble!

The Causes of Gum Disease

Periodontal disease impacts half of adults over the age of 30, according to studies conducted by the Centers of Disease Control. Unless treated, this could lead to an advanced stage known as periodontitis, which is the single largest factor in adult tooth loss. The issue starts with inflammation, also known as gingivitis. When gingivitis forms, the gums begin to pull away from the teeth and form deep pockets, which bacteria infiltrate to cause the disease. Factors behind the initial inflammation vary, but could include cigarettes and tobacco use, poor oral hygiene and plaque buildup, family history of the disease, inflammatory illnesses, and certain medications or treatments. Be sure to let our office know if any of these factors apply to you, and we can help you create a preventive plan of action!

Preventive Actions

To start, take steps to improve your oral hygiene. Brushing and flossing each day removes food particles from your smile. This prevents bacteria from breaking down these particles, a process that could lead to plaque buildup and irritated gum tissues. You should brush for two minutes when you wake up and once more before bed and also floss before bed as well. Be sure you move the floss tape up and down each side of every tooth. Avoid tobacco products, and try to enjoy a healthier smile. The fewer sugary and starchy foods and drinks you consume, the less fuel you provide for bacteria and plaque accumulation.

When to See Your Dentist

Warning signs of trouble often include sore, red gums that bleed easily, as well as swelling or even receding gum tissue. If you begin to experience these issues, let us know. We will schedule an appointment in the coming months for a scaling and root planing to help reverse inflammation and protect your smile. If you have any questions about avoiding periodontal disease, or if you would like to learn more about proper brushing and flossing while you’re staying home, then please contact our team today.

Do You Have Questions About Preventive Dental Care?

Caring for your smile at home can help safeguard you against serious oral health threats, such as periodontal disease, tooth decay, dental infection, and more. To learn more about our approach to preventive and general care, then schedule a consultation by calling Coppertop Family Dentistry in Redmond, OR, today at 541-923-5927. With the right steps and information, you can help maintain optimal oral health and enjoy your best possible smile!