How Do You Avoid Gum Disease?

According to the Centers for Disease Control, half of adults over the age of 30 suffer from some stage of periodontal disease. Without treatment, gum disease can lead to serious discoloration. What can you do to avoid gum disease and maintain optimal oral health?

Frequently Asked Questions About Avoiding Gum Disease

Question: Will brushing and flossing help?

Answer: Yes! When we brush and floss, we help remove food particles from on and between the teeth. Brushing and flossing prevents bacteria from being able to break down the particles and worsen plaque buildup, a major cause in the onset of periodontal disease.

Question: How does a dental cleaning help prevent periodontal disease?

Answer: While brushing and flossing can help limit how much plaque forms, they cannot remove plaque or tartar. Only a professional dental cleaning done by a dentist or hygienist can remove plaque. After we remove the buildup from the teeth, we will polish them as well. Doing so prevents the gum inflammation that can lead to periodontal disease.

Question: What are signs I need treatment?

Answer: If you notice any changes to your gums, then consider seeing the dentist for a diagnosis. Changes may include redness, soreness, or bleeding when you brush and floss. Remember, in the initial inflammation stage, also known as gingivitis, we can reverse the issue completely. However, once gum disease forms we can manage it, but never cure it.

Question: What happens if gum disease isn’t treated?

Answer: Without treatment, the disease can eventually reach the advanced stage, which is referred to as periodontitis. At this stage, the connective tissues between the teeth and gums can be dissolved, leading to loose teeth and eventually, adult tooth loss. If you have any questions or concerns about treating periodontal disease and preventing tooth loss, then please contact our office today.

Do You Need A Cleaning?

If you think you may be at risk, then see us for a routine dental cleaning. Make sure you schedule your dental visits twice a year and on time! Schedule a visit with your dentist in Austin, TX by contacting Austin General Dentistry today at 512-346-5540.