Periodontal disease (gum disease) is infection of the gum tissue that can spread into the ligaments and bones that support the teeth. Three out of four adults have some form of this disease by the time they reach their mid-thirties. Although the disease itself is confined to the mouth, emerging science indicates it may affect your overall health as well. Studies have found an association between gum disease and other serious conditions including heart attacks, diabetes, and strokes.
In the earliest stages, the disease can be painless and invisible, but if left untreated, the effects can be unsightly, uncomfortable, and irreparable. Periodontal disease is the primary cause of tooth loss in adults. It is important to be aware of the symptoms, understand the causes, and learn how to help prevent this destructive disease.
At Absolute Dental, Dr. Ami Shah and our talented team are dedicated to improving and protecting oral health of families in the Norco, Eastvale, Corona, Riverside, Chino Preserve, and Mira Loma neighborhoods. We would like to share some tips on preventing gum disease:
- Decrease both the frequency and quantity of sugar consumption. Sugary foods and drinks should only be consumed with meals. If possible, brush after the meal, if not, chew a stick of sugarless gum to increase saliva flow and dislodge trapped particles.
- Avoid tobacco products. Smoking or using smokeless tobacco is detrimental to your oral health as well as your overall health. Studies released in 2000 found that tobacco plays a prominent role in more than 50 percent of all cases of chronic gum disease.
- Adults that received fluoride treatments as children have less decay, and therefore less vulnerability to the harmful bacteria.
- Maintain regular dental visits for an examination and professional cleaning. When it is in the earliest stages (gingivitis), a dentist or hygienist can detect signs of the disease before you can. It can be reversed when caught early, however, when it has advanced to the severe stage (periodontitis) the diseasee can only be controlled.
- Practice excellent oral hygiene at home. Brush after meals, making sure to clean every surface of each tooth, which typically takes about two minutes. Floss daily, if you skip this simple step, you are missing about 35 percent of the surfaces of your teeth.
- If your gums bleed when you brush, or your gums are swollen, red, or tender, see a dentist right away, as these are the most common symptoms of early gum disease.
Call (951) 739 7770 and schedule an appointment, to form a lifelong partnership with the team that is dedicated to your good health and wellbeing.