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5 steps for avoiding gum disease

It is estimated that approximately one half of adult patients in the United States have gum disease, or “periodontal disease.” While this condition is not only common, it is treatable and preventable. It can be damaging to the smile, making it a more serious condition than some patients believe. Tooth loss and bone deterioration are serious consequences of leaving periodontal disease undiagnosed and untreated.

The good news is Gilbert, AZ area patients can take action to protect their smile and prevent conditions such as disease and decay. Here are five steps to avoiding gum disease and improving oral health:

  • Floss every day. Most patients brush their teeth in the morning and right before bed, and sometimes between meals. But what about flossing? Studies continue to show that a little over 10% of adults in the United States floss every day. Flossing removes food particles that can get stuck between the teeth and along the gum line in areas a toothbrush cannot reach. When left alone, this can develop into plaque and bacteria that builds up and increases the risk of infection.
  • Obtain regular cleanings. Patients should visit their dentist at least twice a year to have their teeth professionally cleaned. Dental hygienists can remove hardened tartar and plaque buildup that can contribute to the development of gum disease. If patients have any indication that gum disease is present, they may need to visit more often.
  • Use mouthwash. Some patients believe that mouthwash only works to freshen breath. However, the use of an antiseptic mouthwash twice a day can help stop the early stages of gum disease, killing approximately 99% of the bacteria in the mouth for approximately 12 hours while reducing plaque levels.
  • Know the symptoms of gum disease for earlier diagnosis. The sooner periodontal disease is detected and diagnosed, the easier it is to treat and the less damage that is done. The first stage of periodontal disease, called gingivitis, can be reversed, but the later stages can only be managed with the help of an experienced dental team.
  • Visit a periodontist. The care and attention from a trained professional who focuses on the area of periodontal health is a great way to ensure this condition does not develop. Patients who have been diagnosed with periodontal disease need to visit a professional who is experienced with treating the condition with antibiotics and procedures such as scaling and root planing.

Request your visit with Dr. John A. Garza today!

Gilbert, AZ area patients interested in achieving beautiful, healthy smiles are welcome to ask our team of professionals about the steps to better dental health and wellness. New and existing patients in the community are welcome to call (480) 539-7979 to visit with our staff.

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