Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, cannot be “cured” in the way we think of a normal ailment. As we age, we become more susceptible to conditions like gingivitis which lead to the deterioration of the gumline and eventually cause tooth damage. There are a wide range treatments, but some tips you can practice in your everyday life can significantly help prevent and maintain a healthy environment for your gums.
- Practice good oral hygiene: Brush your teeth twice a day for at least two minutes each time, and floss at least once a day to remove plaque and bacteria from your teeth and gums. Consider using an antibacterial mouthwash as well.
- See your dentist regularly: Regular dental checkups and cleanings can help prevent and detect gum disease early on. Your dentist can also recommend specific treatments based on the severity of your gum disease.
- Stop smoking: Smoking can increase your risk of gum disease and make it harder to treat. Quitting smoking can help improve your overall oral health.
- Manage underlying health conditions: Certain health conditions, such as diabetes, can increase your risk of gum disease. Make sure to manage these conditions effectively to help prevent and manage gum disease.
- Eat a healthy diet: A diet that is high in sugar and processed foods can contribute to gum disease. Eat a healthy, balanced diet that includes plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains to help improve your oral health.
- Consider professional treatments: Depending on the severity of your gum disease, your dentist may recommend specific treatments such as scaling and root planing, gum surgery, or bone grafts to help manage and treat the condition.
If you think you are suffering from any kind of gum disease, or have been diagnosed and would like advice on how to manage or treat it, Contact Us today to schedule an appointment. We are a periodontist, which essentially is a specialist that works closely with patients and general dentists to treat these kinds of issues at a higher level.