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Prioritize Your Gum Health

If you read our recent blog on the importance of dental checkups, then you may already know that these visits involve more than cleaning your teeth. Visiting your dentist twice a year can detect early signs of cavities, gum disease, and more. By finding these problems early, you are able to treat problems before they become more severe. In today’s blog, Dental Impressions in Ankeny, IA is here to discuss how periodontal disease can be prevented.

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How To Prevent Gingivitis

There are several stages of gum disease. The first is gingivitis, which is often characterized by swollen or bleeding gingival tissue. It may also cause you to have persistent bad breath, even after brushing your teeth. This infection is caused by bacteria below your gum line, which causes plaque to build up. Typically, gingivitis can be prevented with proper oral hygiene and consistent checkups. However, if you develop this condition, it is crucial to have it treated promptly. Unfortunately, more progressive stages of periodontitis can be managed but not treated.

Who Is At Risk Of Periodontitis

Patients who frequently smoke or use tobacco, have compromised immune systems, and have poor oral hygiene are at higher risk of this infection. This is a fairly common problem, with more than 40 percent of all American Adults having it to some degree. It is also a leading cause of adult tooth loss in the United States. Studies also show that patients with gum disease are at a higher risk of heart attack or stroke due to the inflammation caused by bacteria buildup.

To prevent this disease, remember to brush and floss twice a day. Brushing helps remove particles from the food and beverages you consume throughout the day, while flossing helps prevent plaque from forming in hard-to-reach areas. You should also see your dentist every six months for a checkup.

If You Have Gingivitis

If you begin to notice that your oral tissues are bright red, swollen, bleed when you floss or have trouble chewing, these may be signs of an infection. At your next appointment, your dentist can examine your smile and help diagnose the problem. If gingivitis, or other stages of periodontitis, are diagnosed, a treatment plan can be created to help manage your symptoms.

To manage periodontal disease, scaling, and root planings will be necessary. These are deeper cleaning than a standard appointment. Your dentist will use special tools to gently clean below the tissue and remove plaque buildup. These steps can also help reattach the gingival tissue to the root of the tooth. You may need several deep cleanings to properly manage your symptoms.

Schedule A Checkup Today

Prevent gum disease and other dental problems by seeing the dentist regularly. To schedule an appointment with Dental Impressions in Ankeny, IA, call us at (515) 965-0230.