Written by: on February 26, 2016 @ 3:03 pm

shutterstock_371341897Periodontitis – or gum disease – is an infection caused by a buildup of tough bacteria known as tartar. In its early stages, this infection is known as gingivitis and can actually be reversed. However, if left untreated gingivitis can worsen and cause receding gum tissue, loose teeth, or even tooth loss in severe cases. The earlier the infection is caught, the easier it can be to treat. But, the best way to avoid gum disease altogether is by practicing preventive dentistry; excellent oral hygiene, regular visits to your dentist, and maintaining a healthy diet.

Catching An Infection

Typically, gum tissue that is infected will look red and feel inflamed and tender. You may notice that they’re bleeding easily, whether you’re brushing your teeth or not. These signs usually indicate gingivitis (the beginning of the infection). Once the disease progresses, you may begin to notice pockets that form around your teeth. This happens when your gum tissue begins to pull away from your teeth. Otherwise, you may notice symptoms such as; persistent bad breath (halitosis), tooth sensitivity, painful chewing, or even loose teeth – if any of these sound familiar, don’t hesitate to visit your dentist.

Practicing Preventive Dentistry

Brushing & Flossing Your Teeth – Excellent oral hygiene consists of brushing your teeth twice per day and flossing at least once. The best times to do so are usually in the morning (when you wake up) and the evening (before going to sleep). Don’t forget to brush for a full two minutes!

Visiting Your Dentist – Typically, you should visit your dentist every 6 months – or biannually. However, in some cases, your dentist may recommend that you make appointments more often to minimize any risk of damage to your oral health.

Maintaining A Healthy Diet – The foods you consume regularly have a significant impact on both your overall health and your oral health – especially when your diet includes foods with high amounts of sugar. A balanced diet consists of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and healthy fats (fat-free milk, avocado, etc.).

Catogories: Gum Disease

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