Preventive and Gum Disease
Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is caused when bacteria in plaque (a sticky, colourless film that forms in the mouth) builds up in the middle of the gums and teeth. When the bacteria begin to grow, the gums surrounding the tooth can become inflamed.
If left untreated, this inflammation can cause the gums and supporting bone structure to worsen. This can lead to gum collapse or even tooth loss. In addition, research has shown that gum disease may be associated with other diseases, such as diabetes and heart disease.
Daily Routine Habits to Prevent Periodontal Disease
Fortunately, periodontal disease can be preventable. You just need to add these habits to your daily routine and you will be good to go.
Brush your teeth: – Brushing after meals helps remove food debris and plaque trapped between your teeth and gums. Don’t forget to include your tongue, bacteria loves to hide there.
Floss: – Flossing at least once a day helps remove food particles and plaque between teeth and along the gum line that your toothbrush can’t quite reach.
Swish with mouthwash: – Using a mouthwash can help reduce plaque and can remove remaining food particles that brushing and flossing missed.
Know your risk: – Age, smoking, diet and genetics can all increase your risk for periodontal disease. If you are at increased risk, be sure to talk with your dental professional.
See a periodontist: – Get an annual comprehensive periodontal evaluation (CPE) from us Kisumu Dental Center the dental professionals. A CPE looks at your teeth, plaque level, gums, bite, bone structure and other risk factors for periodontal disease. Identifying symptoms of gum disease early is key to protecting your teeth and gums.