Prevention is the most important aspect of good oral health care. While modern dentistry provides a wealth of options for treating even the most advanced dental diseases, successful treatment typically involves restoring oral structures and tissues that have been affected by disease. In the case of gum disease, treatment may also mean replacing teeth that have been lost because of the condition. To avoid the need for such restorative work, we explain how to protect your smile by preventing gum disease, which happens to be the number one cause of adult tooth loss.
Start at the Beginning
Preventing gum disease means addressing it at its source—oral bacteria inhabiting your mouth at any given time. Certain bacteria release toxins that can destroy connective tissues and cause your gums to separate from your teeth (gum recession). To exacerbate the damage, the bacteria Porphyromonas gingivalis manipulate your immune system to incite excessive gum inflammation. The best way to prevent the bacteria from leading to gum disease is to keep them from accumulating. Be sure to brush your teeth at least at twice a day, floss at least once, and attend regular dental checkups and cleanings at your dentist’s office.
Keep an Eye on Your Gums
When it comes to gum disease prevention, diligence is key. The first stage of gum disease, called gingivitis, describes the bacterial infection that irritates and inflames your gums. Though inflamed and bleeding gums don’t usually cause physical discomfort, they are highly noticeable. If you notice these symptoms, then seeking immediate treatment may help prevent gingivitis from becoming full-blown gum disease.
You can keep a professional eye on your oral health by attending your checkup and cleaning appointments at least once every six months, or more often if your gums are already in trouble. Regular dental exams allow your dentist to comprehensively inspect your mouth for early signs of disease, as well as perform cleanings to remove the bacterial plaque and tartar that lead to gum disease.
Protect Your Smile from the Effects of Gum Disease
Find out how you can protect your smile by preventing or treating gum disease. To schedule an appointment, call Keelan Dental in Butler, PA, today at (724) 256-4612. Our Smile Certified experts happily serve patients from Butler, Cranberry Township, Mars, Pittsburgh, Butler County, and all surrounding communities.