Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease or periodontitis, is one of the main causes of tooth loss in the US and here in Atlanta. However, with the right care and team on your side, this problem is easily preventable.
If you’re worried about your gum health, don’t worry. Your gum health can be maintained by following basic daily habits and contacting our periodontal practice for an appointment.
At-home care tips
You’ve probably heard about the importance of brushing your teeth daily, but do you know why it’s necessary?
One of the main reasons resides in your gums. When you don’t brush and floss regularly, harmful bacteria that live in your mouth feed on the food that’s left on your teeth and gums, releasing a substance that stimulates the formation of plaque. Accumulated plaque hardens and becomes tartar on the gum line, causing gum issues.
That’s why you should always:
- Brush your teeth at least twice a day. Use a soft toothbrush that doesn’t hurt your gums and replace it every 3-4 months
- Floss at least twice a day preferably after you eat and before brushing your teeth. This will help remove food and plaque that you can’t reach with a toothbrush.
- Keep a healthy diet by reducing your intake of refined sugars and eating Vitamin-C rich foods.
- Avoid smoking and vaping.
Don’t skip your checkups
Although following a good oral homecare routine is a great part of keeping your gums healthy, it’s not enough. Maintaining your check-ups every 3-6 months is vital so your periodontist can spot potential problems before they develop.
Regular dental cleanings also help remove plaque and tartar near your gum line and in between your teeth. However, if you are already at risk of developing gum disease, you may need a deep dental cleaning, in which your periodontist will remove plaque that has built up under the gum line.
Why should you care about your gums?
Gum issues can seriously affect your mouth. Advanced gum disease can even damage your gums and bone tissue – which support your teeth – making you more prone to tooth loss. Gum disease can also increase your chances of suffering from other problems, like chronic bad breath, bleeding/swollen gums, and toothache.
The connection between our gums and the rest of our bodies has been well established. That’s why taking care of your dental health is a significant part of your general well-being.
By taking care of your gums, you’ll help prevent…
- Heart disease, strokes, and high blood pressure
- Dementia, Alzheimer’s
- Some types of cancer
Risk factors for gum disease
Unfortunately, some people have a higher risk of developing gum disease. Some factors that increase the risk of developing gum disease are:
- Being overweight
- Cardiovascular diseases
- Hormonal changes
- Vitamin deficiency
- Being over 65
- Some medications
Symptoms to watch out for
So, how can you tell if there’s something wrong with your gums? Watch for any changes in the feeling or structure of your mouth, including:
- Bleeding gums
- Receding gums
- Changes in your bite
- Sensitive teeth
- Bad breath
If you notice any of the mentioned signs, seek professional periodontal care.
Our goal is to help you prevent & control gum disease
If you want to take care of your gums, we can help you! Our periodontal team in Roswell and Midtown Atlanta provides complete gum care services, from prevention to treatment.
Do you have more questions about gum health? We’re here to answer them. Contact us today.