How Do I Avoid Gum Disease?

According to the Centers for Disease Control, half of adults over the age of 35 suffer from some form of periodontal disease. Without treatment, the disease can eventually enter the advanced stage, also known as periodontitis, which leads to adult tooth loss. What can you do to avoid gum disease?

Frequently Asked Questions About Gum Disease

Question: What causes the disease?

Answer: The disease forms when the gum tissue becomes inflamed, which leads to the tissue pulling away from the teeth and forming pockets at the gum line. Bacteria can then infiltrate the pockets, leading to the onset of gum disease. The causes of the initial inflammation can vary, but include poor oral hygiene, smoking and tobacco use, and family history of gingival issues.

Question: What are the common symptoms?

Answer: Patients may encounter a number of symptoms, including soreness in the gums, redness, and bleeding when brushing and flossing. Gum recession is also reported. If you recognize one or more of these common symptoms, then contact our team today. We can examine your smile and perform a diagnosis. If we encounter the presence of the disease, we can recommend treatment options.

Question: What can I do from home to help my smile?

Answer: We suggest taking steps to limit how much plaque can form on the teeth. You should brush your teeth twice a day, once when waking up and again before going to bed. Each session should last at least two minutes. You also need to floss in between your teeth every night to remove the bits of food that a toothbrush cannot reach.

Question: What preventive procedures do you offer?

Answer: We can perform a dental cleaning to completely remove plaque form your teeth, reversing gingivitis and helping to manage periodontal disease. We can also perform a scaling and root planing, in which we remove plaque from the teeth and the roots.

Looking for Gum Disease Treatment in Keller, TX?

Our team can offer solutions to improve your oral health and protect your smile from the dangers of advanced periodontal disease. To learn more, or to schedule a consultation with your dentist, call the office of Dr. Jeff Jenkins in Keller, TX, today at (682) 593-0993.