Do you know that nearly 80 percent of Americans will develop periodontal (gum) disease at some point during their lifetime? More importantly, did you know that gum disease is almost completely avoidable? With preventative care from your trusted dentist in 92879, you can ensure that you don’t become another gum disease statistic.
What is gum disease?
When plaque and tartar build up on the teeth, the bacteria found within them can cause irritation, inflammation, and infection of the surrounding gum tissue. Gingivitis is the mildest form of periodontal disease. With treatment, damage from gingivitis is reversible and the health of the gum can be restored. If left untreated, gingivitis can progress into periodontitis. This can cause further damage to the gums, the bone tissue, and eventually lead to tooth loss. In fact, periodontal disease is the number one cause of tooth loss.
So how can you prevent gum disease?
It really is quite simple. The best way to prevent gum disease is with a proper oral hygiene routine. This includes brushing your teeth at least twice per day and flossing at least once per day. Many people seem to skip flossing as part of the routine or simply only do it in preparation for a trip to the dentist. The truth is, flossing can help clean a large portion of the tooth surface that brushing is unable to reach.
In addition to daily hygiene practices, regularly scheduled visits to the dentist play a vital role in preventing gum disease. Professional cleanings like those done at Absolute Dental can remove tartar that brushing alone may not completely clean. Dr. Ami or one of her team of doctors at Absolute Dental can examine the health of your teeth and gums and detect any potential problems while they are still in the earliest stages. Since early intervention and treatment is crucial to limiting damage gum disease, regular dental appointments can help ensure that you don’t suffer from permanent damage or lose your teeth.
If you are due (or past due) for your regular checkup, call Absolute Dental today at (951) 739 7770 to schedule an appointment. Help keep your mouth healthy with preventive care from Dr. Ami and her team of doctors at Absolute Dental.