Were you aware that over 64,000,000 adults in America suffer from periodontal gum disease? What’s even sadder is that gum disease is complete, 100% avoidable with just a few changes to your daily life. At Espili Dental in Houston, TX we are dedicated to our patients, their smiles and their overall health, we believe that patient education is an essential part of providing the best care possible to each of our patients. Today, we’ll be covering prevention tips for periodontal gum disease. We hope you learn something new!
Periodontal gum disease is a common oral condition which is typically caused by a patient’s poor oral hygiene and dental care habits which allows plaque, bacteria, and tartar to build up in the mouth. As more toxins build in the mouth, the gums and other supporting structures that hold your teeth into place become damaged. As the disease continues to advance, further damage is done to the mouth. Eventually, patients tend to experience loose teeth, teeth shifting and ultimately even tooth loss. Other factors such as genetics, age, lifestyle and even diet can also play a role in a patient’s likelihood to suffer from periodontitis.
Gingivitis, the first stage of periodontal gum disease, however, is completely reversible when addressed early. We recommend visiting Espili Dental for routine, professional dental care at least twice a year as it can reduce your risk of decay, infection and even disease such as periodontitis.
Did you know that certain foods are generally healthier for your smile and overall oral health? Sugary foods, carbohydrates, and soda all play a huge role in plaque formation. We recommend drinking more water and eating more natural whole foods such as fruits, vegetables, and even meat.
Are you brushing, flossing and caring for your teeth like you are supposed to? You should be brushing your teeth a minimum of twice a day. We also recommend drinking water after each meal if you can’t brush your teeth afterward. You should also be flossing once a day minimum. Scraping your tongue can get rid of additional bacteria in the mouth responsible for bad breath, decay, and even gum disease. Notice your gums are bleeding while you care for your smile? You may already be suffering from gingivitis. We recommend scheduling your appointment with Espili Dental today.
Along with proper at-home care, it is essential to visit your dentist regularly for professional dental care. Professional cleanings and examinations allow your dentist to monitor, diagnose and treat conditions early before they become more problematic like periodontitis.
Ready to visit our periodontist in Houston, TX? Contact Espili Dental to schedule your appointment!