Gum disease is one of the biggest health issues you can face – and not just for your teeth. If left untreated, periodontitis can cause heart, lung, and throat problems, and has even been linked to cancers. This is why Dr. Miles Mason places such an emphasis on preventing gum disease. It’s far easier to prevent than to cure.
With that in mind, let’s look at some tips the team here at Montgomery County Periodontal Associates has for preventing gum disease.
Have a great oral hygiene routine
Gum disease is caused by gingivitis, which is caused by a buildup of plaque at the bottom of your teeth around the gum line. If you don’t have a good oral health routine that removes plaque from your teeth, you put yourself at major risk for contracting gum disease. Brushing, flossing, and using mouthwash will keep plaque buildup at bay.
Regular dental visits
Visiting the dentist at least twice a year (every six months) will greatly improve your oral health and diminish the likelihood of contracting gum disease. The hygienist team here at Montgomery County Periodontal Associates will be able to spot any potential problems, as well as perform scaling – or removing hardened plaque (tartar) that you can’t remove on your own.
Eat a tooth-friendly diet
The health of your teeth and gums directly correlates to your diet. If you drink copious amounts of soda, eat foods high in sugar, or consume a lot of highly acidic foods, you put your teeth and gums at a disadvantage. The link between all of the aforementioned foods and gum disease has been proven multiple times, and if your diet isn’t balanced, you’ll likely end up with one form or another of gum disease.
If you feel you need a gum disease screening, call us today at (936) 756-1669 to schedule an appointment.