Preventing Periodontal Diseases

What is Periodontal Disease or Gum Disease

If you have bleeding gums every now and then, chances are you already have periodontal disease. Known colloquially as gum disease, periodontal diseases account for a great majority of oral health problems. The danger of periodontal disease is that it can provide a means by which microorganisms can gain access into the bloodstream and wreak havoc inside the body. Health experts say that periodontal disease is closely related to the development of certain heart problems particularly those involving the heart valves. As such, it is important to know how to prevent gum disease.

How Can You Prevent Periodontal Disease

If you have already visited the Midway Family Dental Center in Fort Pierce, FL, you may already know how to prevent periodontal disease. If not yet, then read on.

  • Meticulous oral hygiene which includes thorough tooth brushing and flossing is essential in removing the food particles and other debris that may harden in between the teeth and gums. These particles can become excellent food sources for bacteria in the mouth creating a thin bio-film known as plaque and tartar. This shields bacteria from the abrasive action of brushing and flossing. And because of this shield, bacteria can then eat their way into the surrounding tooth and gum tissue, leading to irritation and gum inflammation.
  • While mouth rinses may not necessarily remove plaque or tartar; it does help kill bacteria and other harmful microorganisms in the oral cavity. This can reduce your risk of developing gum disease.
  • Quit smoking and avoid foods that are sticky and very sweet because they provide the fuel for bacteria to proliferate. Additionally, chewy and sticky foods stay longer on your teeth.
  • Visit your dentist, preferably a periodontist or a dentist who has specialization in periodontology. They will be able to perform a comprehensive periodontal evaluation so that you will know your general risk of gum disease and determine the best course of action to take.

Preventing gum diseases is quite easy. The more important thing however is to visit your periodontist so you will know exactly what to do.

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