Gum disease is a serious oral health condition that can lead to numerous painful and unpleasant complications, including gum recession and tooth loss. If your family dentist has recently warned that you could be at risk for developing gum disease, it’s time to start examining your daily oral health routine. Here are a few tips to help you prevent gum disease.
Check Your Family History
In order to assess your chances of developing gum disease, otherwise known as periodontal disease, it’s important that you take a look at one important risk factor—genetics. If your parents or other immediate family members have suffered from gum disease, your risk is heightened, which means you will need to be even more proactive than the average person in maintaining good dental hygiene.
Eliminate Harmful Habits
Your risk of developing periodontal disease is also heightened if you are a smoker or if you consume a diet high in sugar and low in essential nutrients. Cigarettes and smokeless tobacco break down enamel, inflame gums, and can reduce the effectiveness of future treatments to reverse gum disease. In addition to kicking this bad habit, you can increase your consumption of vegetables and vitamin-rich grains and proteins to help protect your gums.
Don’t Forget to Floss and Rinse
Lastly, don’t forget to listen to your Frederick dentist when he or she reminds you to brush, floss, and rinse to keep your teeth and gums healthy. Pediatric dentists and family dentists suggest brushing after each meal and flossing and rinsing at least once per day. Be sure to schedule visits with your dentist regularly to make sure these steps are effectively helping you protect your mouth.
Do you still have questions about periodontal disease or the steps you can take to prevent it? The family dentists and knowledgeable staff here at Premiere Dental Arts are always eager to explain ways to maintain your beautiful smile. Give us a call at (240) 215-3510 to learn more about our comprehensive dental services.