Preventing gum disease is easier than you think
At Yonge Eglinton Periodontics, we understand that periodontal disease, often known as gum disease, is a serious oral health disorder that affects many people in Toronto and around the world. It is brought on by the accumulation of plaque and tartar on the gums and teeth, which causes infection and inflammation. If left untreated, gum disease can result in tooth loss and possibly systemic health issues. Gum disease can, however, usually be controlled and even reversed with appropriate prevention and early intervention.
The best strategy to stop gum disease is to practise daily oral hygiene, which includes brushing and flossing. Use fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush to brush your teeth twice a day. To get rid of plaque and food fragments between the teeth and the gum line, floss at least once a day. Electric toothbrushes and water flossers are also excellent additions to your daily routine.
Regular dental examinations and cleanings are crucial for preventing gum disease in addition to everyday brushing and flossing. Your dentist or hygienist will check your teeth and gums for disease symptoms and remove any plaque or tartar accumulation during these appointments. Additionally, they will provide you with specific dental health maintenance advice.
Your chance of developing gum disease can also increase if you smoke or use other tobacco products. The gums and teeth can be harmed by the chemicals in tobacco products, which can cause infection and inflammation. Quitting smoking or using other tobacco products can greatly lower your risk of developing gum disease.
Gum disease risk might also be increased by specific medical disorders like diabetes. Working closely with your healthcare practitioner to treat your chronic health condition and maintain good dental health is crucial if you have one.
Finally, there are also genetic factors. Although there are many factors that we can control, our genetics is not one of them. A family history of gum disease, and how our individual bodies handles the bacteria that causes gum disease, is a contributor, as well.
You should schedule an appointment with a periodontist at Yonge Eglinton Periodontics as soon as you can if you spot any signs of gum disease, such as red, swollen, or bleeding gums. Gum disease must be managed and reversed with early intervention. At Yonge Eglinton Periodontics, we might suggest additional procedures like scaling and root planing or periodontal surgery to help control your condition.
Finally, gum disease is a dangerous ailment of the mouth that can result in tooth loss and other systemic health issues. However, by keeping proper oral hygiene, getting regular dental exams, eating a nutritious diet, stopping smoking, controlling chronic health conditions, and getting early intervention, gum disease can usually be avoided and managed.
To book an appointment with one of our periodontic specialists at Yonge Eglinton Periodontics click here or call us at 416-481-1179.