How do you prevent gum disease? This is one of the most common questions we hear from our patients. Sadly, the realization only emerges after the condition becomes worse. Periodontal or gum disease is an inflammatory disease of the gum and tissue that surrounds and supports the teeth. If left untreated, it will lead to tooth loss.

Periodontal disease is categorized into to two: Gingivitis and Periodontitis. Gingivitis occurs when the gingival or gums gets inflamed. Symptoms include swollen gums, tender gums, receding gums and bad breath. If left untreated, the connective tissues and bones can be affected and cause periodontitis. Periodontitis is characterized by gum inflammation, loose teeth and deep pockets of inflammation along the gum line.

Risk factors for this condition include age, tobacco use, genetic factors, female hormonal changes and certain illness. Thankfully, it’s easy to prevent gum diseases.

Proper oral hygiene

–       Practice good oral hygiene by regular brushing and flossing. Brush your pearly whites twice a day using fluoride toothpaste. Run it over your teeth and gums. Clean your tongue with tongue cleaner. Don’t forget to floss so you’ll get rid of food debris in between your teeth.

Healthy diet

–       Eat nutritious food composed of vegetables, fruits, whole grains and low-fat dairy products. Avoid sugary, starchy and sticky food.

Routine check-ups

–       Visit your Kennewick dentist at least every six months. Individuals who are at a higher risk of tooth decay need frequent trips to the clinic. The American Dental Association promotes the importance of oral health and regular dental visits. Routine check-ups are necessary to ensure the healthy condition of your teeth and gums.

Dr. Walter Hadley of Marineland Dental Care offers periodontal disease prevention that can help you fight gum disease. Our Kennewick WA dentist provides in-office and at-home oral care including dental advice on proper nutrition and oral hygiene. Call 509.591.0515 to schedule a consultation.

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