BOCA RATON DENTIST EXPLAINS HOW TO COMBAT AND TREAT PERIODONTAL DISEASE
Patients who struggle with periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, may find that they have trouble keeping their mouths feeling clean and healthy. Gum disease is a bacterial infection of gum tissue, which can destroy oral tissues, teeth, and even bone, if left unchecked. Furthermore, emerging research suggests that gum disease can contribute to body-wide systemic problems and chronic diseases.
It’s so important, therefore, to keep gum disease at bay with diligent professional and at-home dental care. Today I’m going to talk a little bit about how you can treat and prevent gum disease. I’m also going to review some common symptoms of gum disease.
Preventing Gum Disease
The key to preventing and treating gum disease is to limit the amount of bacterial plaque build-up in your mouth. Obviously brushing twice a day is critical to keeping a clean mouth—brush at least once in the morning and once before bed. You can also add an antimicrobial mouth rinse into your routine for added bacteria fighting power. Flossing at least once a day will help minimize plaque along the gum line and between teeth.
Speaking of between teeth—if you have teeth that are crowded together, they maybe difficult to clean. Crowded teeth often provide an ideal breeding ground for bacteria, so is you’re suffering from chronic gum disease, you may want to have to your teeth straightened to facilitate cleaning.
Professional dental cleanings every six months will help you minimize plaque, and it will allow your dentist to check for the symptoms of gum disease. At home, keep your eyes open for these common symptoms, and let our Boca Raton dentists know if you start to notice changes in your dental health.
· Bleeding gums
· Persistent bad breath
· Changes in bite alignment
· Tender, swollen gums
Don’t Wait! Treat it in Early Stages
Gum disease is most effectively treated in its earliest stages, so don’t hesitate to seek professional help for this serious problem. Give our Boca Raton dental office a call to learn more about gum disease or to schedule a consultation!
Dr. Martin Polin, DMD & Dr. Carly Polin, DMD
2600 North Military Trail
Boca Raton, FL 33431