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How to Reduce Your Risk of Periodontal Disease

03/14/2017
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Your oral health is important to us here at Cabrillo Family Dental Care. Often, the best thing you can do as a patient is to protect your teeth before any troublesome dental problems arise. Learn all about periodontal disease and what you can do to prevent it from happening to your teeth.

What Is Periodontal Disease?

Periodontics is the field of protecting the structures that support the teeth, which includes the gum tissue and bone. A periodontist cleans and treats these structures. If a patient doesn’t keep up with a proper hygiene routine, periodontal disease can result.

Periodontal disease, or gum disease, is caused when bacteria in the plaque builds up between the gums and teeth. If not properly treated by a periodontist, the condition can become worse, including:

  • Gums can become inflamed
  • Gum and bone structure can deteriorate
  • Gum recession
  • Tooth loss

Periodontal disease can potentially be very dangerous, as the infection could spread to other parts of the body. Often, a patient’s gums will bleed easily, become red and swollen, and in more advanced cases, it can cause gingivitis.

Reduce Your Risk of Periodontal Disease

Lingering plaque and tartar sitting on the gums and teeth can create dangerous bacteria. Luckily, gum disease treatment at home can help reverse the symptoms and help with gum disease prevention.

Improve your oral hygiene routine

An efficient oral hygiene routine starts with a proper brushing technique. Brush your teeth after every meal. This helps remove any leftover food particles that may be stuck in your teeth. Also, scrape your tongue, as bacteria hides there, too.

Then, floss between your teeth at least once a day. Flossing further removes food between your teeth that your toothbrush couldn’t reach. End your routine with a fluoride mouthwash. It can reduce plaque, give your mouth a clean feeling, and freshen your breath.

Learn your possible risk of periodontal disease

Many people may have an increased risk of periodontal disease depending on their smoking habits, age, diet, and genetics. Speak to your family dentist or periodontist to learn how your lifestyle may affect you getting gum disease.

Visit Your Family Dentist

Visiting a periodontist is your best bet to preventing gum disease. We can evaluate your teeth and give you steps to prevent or reverse gum disease. Contact us today to schedule an appointment with our talented and experienced periodontist.