Are you familiar with the serious oral health condition known as periodontal disease? Gum disease, gingivitis, and periodontitis all refer to periodontal disease in various states. This inflammatory condition causes a number of health complications, including swelling, bleeding and recession of the gum tissue; foul and resilient bad breath; as well as loosening of the teeth, shifting of previous dental work and bite misalignment.
While the effects of periodontal disease can be detrimental and costly to reverse, it’s very simple to prevent this condition. Follow these essential steps:
- Brush and floss at least twice a day with a soft bristled brush, fluoride toothpaste and waxed dental floss.
- Avoid all tobacco products and frequent heavy drinking.
- Reduce intake of foods and drinks that are high in sugar and acidity.
- Be diligent about making twice yearly dental checks and undergo professional cleanings.
If you’d like to learn more about gum disease prevention, you’re concerned that you may have periodontal disease or if you know you’re in need of treatment, we invite you here to Garrison Family Dentistry.