Are You Worried About Gum Disease? Follow These 3 Tips to Reduce Your Chances
Many people don’t realize how common gum disease is amongst people in the United States. In fact, according to some statistics, as many as 80% of people in the U.S. have one form of gum disease, whether it’s the less serious gingivitis or more serious periodontal disease. If you aren’t sure if you have gum disease then you should make an appointment with California Dental Group by calling (800) 407-0161. If you want to find out how you can reduce your chances of getting it, read on.
- Brush and floss regularly and correctly
- Visit the dentist regularly
- Surgery can help put an end to gum disease
This is likely no surprise but the best way to prevent gum disease is to brush and floss your teeth daily. Doing so gets food and bacteria off your teeth and out of your mouth. If you don’t do this, then you’ll be left with bacteria and other nasties in your mouth. Eventually they will turn to plaque, which is the main cause of getting gum disease. That plaque will eventually turn into tarter, and then it can only be removed by visiting the dentist. We recommend brushing at least twice a day and flossing once. If you need help learning the correct way to do either, let us know at your next appointment.
Your dentist can do a number of things to help you avoid gum disease. The first is a deep cleaning and exam. During this process, we’ll get rid of any tartar and bacteria that you’ve been unable to get at with brushing alone. We can also get rid of plaque and anything else below your gum line. We can visually assess the health of your gums and keep an eye on them to ensure that if you begin to show signs of gum disease, we take proactive measures to avoid it. Finally, we can let you know where your problem areas are so that you can give them the extra attention they may need.
In the event that you already have gum disease and want to prevent it from getting worse, surgery may be the answer. There are a number of options, from flap surgery to grafts involving the bone and tissue. Surgical options are only necessary for those with advanced gum disease. If you follow tips one and two, your chances of getting to this point are dramatically reduced.
Stop worrying and get the answers you need
At California Dental Group, we hope you’ll stop worrying and instead will take action. The easiest way to know for sure if you have gum disease is to make an appointment for a cleaning and exam. Call us at (800) 407-0161 today. We can let you know where you stand today, how to treat any issues you have, and how to prevent future issues. There are solutions to virtually all oral health issues and the sooner you have them addressed, the easier it will be.