Periodontal disease is more commonly known as gum disease and it is caused by poor oral hygiene that leads to plaque buildup in between the gums. Plaque is a sticky and colorless film that covers the teeth’s surface and where millions of bacteria proliferate. If left untreated, you will soon see red, swollen gums that pull away from your teeth. In worst cases, the disease can lead to teeth loss.
Fortunately, there are easy steps you can take in order to prevent periodontal disease. Maintaining good oral hygiene and regularly visiting your Kennewick dentist for a dental checkup and cleaning will all help in avoiding gum problems.
Good Dental Habits:
Brush your teeth at least two times a day – Brush with a soft bristled toothbrush to get really close to your gum line without causing pain or harming your gums. Brush in the morning and before you go to sleep. Remember to clean all sides of your teeth and brush your tongue as well. Plaque can also live on our tongue and cause bad breath.
Floss – Brushing is not enough. You also need to floss at least once a day, ideally before bedtime. Flossing removes foodstuff stuck between our teeth, which is another cause of plaque buildup and bad breath. Move your floss firmly in an up and down motion to scrape off plaque.
Use a mouthwash – To finish off your daily oral hygiene, use an antiseptic mouthwash. This will help remove food particles that your toothbrush and floss missed.
Besides practicing these three habits, don’t forget to also consider other risk factors such as your age, the food items you eat, and bad habits such as smoking.
For a checkup with an experienced Kennewick dentist specializing in periodontal disease, please call our clinic, Marineland Dental Care, at 509-591-0515. Our periodontist is always ready to give you professional and expert advice on your gum problems.