How Is Gum Disease Effectively Prevented?

Does gum disease really need to worry you? Gingivitis can be an embarrassing problem, one that can cause issues like gum sensitivity, bleeding, and chronic bad breath. It is also something that can turn more serious, as gum disease can ultimately lead to issues like tooth loss, and it can heighten your risk for experiencing other health problems over time. Our Ankeny, IA dentist’s office is prepared to help you prevent this problem. Through treatment to address your periodontal health, we can reverse an infection and stop gingivitis from growing more severe. We also provide ongoing preventive services that make you less likely to experience this condition in the future!

Are You Doing A Good Job Protecting Yourself Against Gum Disease?

Between your daily oral hygiene efforts and your regular dental exams, you can do a good job controlling your risk for gum disease. What you should remember is that both at-home and professional preventive services contribute to the effectiveness of your routine. If you feel that your daily efforts are doing enough to stop problems from developing, you can be surprised to find at your next dental appointment that this was not the case! To effectively lower your risk for cavities, gum disease, and other threats, be consistent about oral hygiene but make sure to also make time for professional appointments.

Dental Exams And Your Periodontal Health

During every dental exam, Dr. Foust will check you for signs that you need to do something about gum disease. The good news is that when we identify the warning signs of gingivitis, we can provide a periodontal cleaning that will remove bacteria from your roots and protect you against further issues with infection. This service goes beyond the kind of care we offer at a routine cleaning, as it will remove harmful microbes from your roots.

Protecting Your Gums At Home

The protection that you receive at a typical dental exam is important, but remember that you should also be protected by your home care efforts. Any time you brush, spend at least two minutes working to reach every part of your smile, including the spaces where your teeth and gums meet. Remember that you also need to care for the spaces between teeth, which you can do by flossing on a daily basis. Once a day, take your floss and use vertical motions to fully remove bacteria and food debris from these harder to reach areas.

Talk To Your Ankeny, IA Dentist About Gum Disease Prevention

Through efforts at gum disease prevention, our practice can protect you against potentially serious threats to your smile and oral health. If you would like to find out more, reach out to Dental Impressions at (515) 965-0230 to schedule a visit.