Gum disease, also known as gingivitis, is a periodontal infection that when left unchecked can have a horrible impact on your oral (and overall) health. Untreated gum disease can lead to infection of the mouth ligaments, infection of the jawbone and tooth loss, along with less dramatic symptoms like inflamed, sensitive or bleeding gums. It’s also a leading cause of bad breath. As premier providers of cosmetic dentistry in Los Angeles, we see cases from all around the oral health gamut.
One of the most interesting things about gum disease, at least from a treatment perspective, is that it is remarkably easy to prevent. Unlike other ailments that sometimes have no clear method of avoidance, there is a specific list of things you can do to dramatically reduce your odds of developing gum disease.
Because the primary cause of gum disease is the buildup of plaque in your mouth, simply finding ways to limit and prevent plaque buildup will keep you gum disease free:
- Brush your teeth – At least twice a day, using fluoride toothpaste. This clears the big out your mouth and helps keep away bacteria. Be sure to brush all surfaces of your teeth and not just the front and sides.
- Floss – Flossing once per day helps remove the plaque your toothbrush can’t reach. You’ll need to floss slightly under the gum line to ensure all plaque is removed.
- Use mouthwash – Antiseptic mouthwashes help reduce the buildup of plaque in your mouth, not to mention the fresh, minty feeling you get from using them.
- Visit the dentist – any full service dentistry practice can help you spot trouble early, and regular cleanings go a long way toward keeping your teeth healthy.
It’s important to have a strong oral health regimen if you want to stop gum disease before it starts. Restorative dentistry can fix many problems, but the ideal solution is always preventing those problems in the first place. With the right hygiene practices and regular visits to your dentist in Beverly Hills, you’ll be on the right track.
Remember, full service dentistry includes cosmetic services along with treatment plans for keeping your mouth as healthy as possible. Don’t settle for restorative dentistry practices that don’t take the future of your teeth into consideration—it’s not about fixing damage and moving on.
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