Periodontal disease is also known as gum disease, as an inflammatory disease caused by bacteria that affect the tissue surrounding the roots of the teeth. Periodontal disease can lead to systemic diseases such as cardiovascular disease. The good news is that periodontal disease is completely preventable. However, regular tooth brushing and mouthwash are effective only above and slightly below the gum line. Once periodontal disease develops, more intensive treatments are needed.
Tips to Prevent Periodontal Disease:
- If brushing after each meal is not possible, rinsing the mouth with water after eating can reduce bacteria by 30%.
- Brush your teeth at least twice a day: This is probably the easiest thing you can do to prevent gum disease. Brush your teeth once in the morning after breakfast and once before bedtime.
- Flossing once a day is also important, as flossing helps eliminate any food particles or plaque that may remain between the teeth after brushing.
- Brush your tongue: Does the plaque on the tongue cause bad breath and is it an ideal environment for bacteria? Tongue scrapers will help you eliminate bacteria.
- Regular Dental Visits: Schedule regular dental examinations and deep cleanings every 6 months. Do a thorough cleaning and diagnose problems early. Your dentist will be able to remove the plaque. Regular treatment prevents plaque build-up, receding gums, cavities and tooth loss, all of which are associated with periodontal disease. You should have your teeth professionally cleaned at least twice a year.