Gum disease is also known as periodontitis, and is a serious condition that destroys the gum’s soft tissue and may even weaken the bone around the teeth. At its worse, periodontitis can cause loss of teeth, and strokes and heart attacks have been linked back to gum disease.
While gum disease is a fairly common condition that many people deal with, treatment and prevention can be simple when handled correctly. If you are concerned that you have this condition and want a professional opinion from a periodontist in Traverse, MI, we can help.
Increasing the Risk of Gum Disease
While some risk factors can be controlled, others are out of your hands, and may require that you get treatment sooner rather than later. Some of the most common risk factors are:
• Tobacco use
• Substance abuse
• Misaligned teeth
• Hormonal changes
Decreasing the Risk of Gum Disease
You can decrease your risks of disease with just a few simple tasks every day. Brushing, flossing and regular dental examinations are three essentials parts of keeping your mouth healthy.
You should brush at least twice a day, and in between meals if you can. If you can’t, simply rinse your mouth out with an antimicrobial mouthwash or water after each meal. Floss at least once a day, preferably right before you go to bed to remove extra food and plaque from the day. Curve the floss around your teeth to get those hard to reach places that may escape your toothbrush.
Twice a year, you should get a professional exam and cleaning that removes stubborn plaque that won’t go away with just brushing and flossing. During your exam, it can often be determined if you are in the beginning stages of gingivitis.
If you are concerned about your oral health, and want to learn more about how your habits affect the health of your teeth, call our office today at (231) 480-4377 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Amalfitano.