Win the Fight Against Gum Disease This Winter
Get on the right track to gum health heading into the year 2020.
Smelly breath, swollen gums, bleeding that occurs with flossing or brushing… can you relate? These are the typical warning signs of periodontal (gum) disease. And as the number one cause of tooth loss, it’s smart to do what you can each day to prevent it.
Periodontal disease is an oral infection that occurs when the supporting tissues of the teeth become inflamed. When bacteria along the gum line isn’t properly managed with adequate cleaning, your gums and bone tissue are at risk.
The mildest form of periodontal disease, gingivitis, can typically be treated with a change in oral hygiene habits — but the disease can progress to a more severe periodontitis if no action is taken.
Understanding gum disease risk factors
Some patients are more susceptible to periodontal disease than others. Fortunately however, making changes where applicable will still reduce your risk. Certain factors contributing to gum disease include poor oral hygiene or diet, smoking or using tobacco, age, as well as certain health conditions or medications.
Prevention is always better than the cure
Anyone with gum disease will need to make improvements to how they look after their teeth. As long as you make sure that you’re diligent with your oral health care routine, and limit your intake of processed or sugary foods, your smile will thank you!
Be sure to brush thoroughly twice a day, and don’t skip out on flossing at least once a day. Also, remember to visit our Guelph dentist and hygienist for routine check-up and cleaning appointments at least every 6 months. Those stubborn plaque deposits can be thoroughly eliminated by a dental health professional.
If you’re experiencing any challenges with breaking certain habits like smoking, talk to a health care professional.
More severe forms of periodontal disease may require surgery to treat – so don’t wait until it’s too late. Start making changes now!
We’d love to hear from you!
Dr. Priya Bhagat proudly offers dental check-up and cleaning services to help you manage and prevent periodontal disease. Don’t hesitate to book an appointment with us today.
Dr. Priya Bhagat
85 Norfolk Street, Suite 308
Guelph, ON N1H 4J4