According to studies conducted by the Centers for Disease Control, periodontal disease is an issue that impacts half of adults 35 and older. The disease could also lead to adult tooth loss unless properly managed! In today’s blog, your Astoria, NY, dentist is looking at what you can do to help prevent the onset of gum issues from home.
The Causes of Periodontal Disease
How does the disease form in the first place? The problem starts when the gums become inflamed, also known as gingivitis. This causes them to appear red, feel sore, or bleed when you brush and floss. Causes range from poor oral hygiene and plaque buildup, to tobacco use and inflammatory illnesses. Other factors include the use of certain medications, or a family history of periodontal troubles. Unless treated, the inflammation could grow so severe the gums pull away from the teeth and form exposed pockets for bacteria to enter, leading to periodontal disease.
Treatment to Protect Gum Health
In the early stages of gingivitis, we can reverse the issue completely. If gum disease has already formed, then treatment could manage it to prevent the advanced stage, periodontitis, which is linked to adult tooth loss. We may suggest a scaling and root planing, in which we remove all buildup from the teeth and roots with an ultrasonic scaling device, and then polish the teeth. The process could take between one and four visits, depending on the extent of your buildup. Afterward, routine cleanings, which are less involved, will be prescribed every three to four months to continue managing the issue.
Signs of Trouble
If you notice your gums look sore or appear more red than usual, or if they seem to swell or recede, or even bleed easily, please let us know. We can discuss positive changes to your daily routine to better protect your gum health. We can also plan treatments for when our office opens to help safeguard your smile against gum disease and adult tooth loss. In the meantime, be sure you avoid tobacco products, eat a diet low in sugar, and brush your teeth when you wake up and again before bed. Remember, flossing nightly is also essential for preventing periodontal troubles. If you have any questions about avoiding gum disease, or managing it with routine care, then contact our team today.
Do You Have Questions About Preventing Poor Oral Health at Home?
Our team is ready to help you enjoy a smile free of gingivitis and gum disease, protecting the health, beauty, and stability of your smile. To learn more about improving the health of your gingival tissues, then schedule a consultation by calling Jeffrey Leibowitz, DDS, in Astoria, NY, today at 718-728-8320.