5 Tips for Preventing Gum Disease
We believe strongly in the power of preventative dentistry at our Eagle River, AK dental practice.
Gum disease is just one of the many common dental conditions that can be avoided with extra attention to your care routine. Often, patients don’t realize just how problematic gum disease can be.
The fact is, gum disease affects a lot more than just the soft pink tissue that we call our gums. As it progresses, it attacks the bone beneath the soft tissue as well as the ligaments and other tissues that hold your teeth in place. Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in American adults. Additionally, research has made a connection between gum disease and other serious chronic health conditions like heart disease and diabetes.
So what steps can you take to help lower your risk for developing gum disease?
- Brush and floss your teeth diligently as instructed by Dr. Woodring and your hygienist. You should brush twice a day for at least two minutes each time and floss once daily before bed. This helps to remove plaque build-up both above and below the gum line.
- Keep up with your check-ups and cleanings at our office. Brushing and flossing will remove a considerable amount of plaque, but during your regular cleaning, your hygienist will carefully clean any areas that may have been missed.
- Don’t smoke. If you do smoke, quit. Smoking significantly increases your risk for gum disease as well as a number of other serious health conditions. If you need assistance, let us know.
- Know your family history. A family history of gum disease increases your risk as well. If you know of a family history, please let us know so that we can take extra preventive steps.
- Eat a healthy diet and stay active. Keeping your immune system strong and taking steps to avoid the conditions associated with periodontal disease will help prevent this chronic condition from taking hold.
Is It Time for a Check-Up?
At each preventative dentistry appointment at our Eagle River dental office, we’ll perform a thorough screening for signs of gum disease. Is it time for your next cleaning and exam? Even if it’s been a while, give us a call. We’ll help you get back on track!