Gum disease is a condition that affects millions of Americans. While most people have heard of gum disease, many don’t know exactly what it is.
Gum disease, or periodontal disease, is an infection of the gum tissues that is caused by the presence of bacteria. As long as gum disease is treated early, it will not cause any major oral health complications. Unfortunately, without effective treatment, gum disease can lead to a number of problems, including tooth loss.
To prevent gum disease, patients can practice proper oral hygiene habits and keep the gums healthy and free of infection. Dr. Miles Mason is happy to discuss the top ways to prevent gum disease with our patients from The Woodlands, TX area so they can avoid the need for periodontal treatment.
Bacteria and plaque buildup are the primary causes of gum disease.
Brushing the teeth is the best way to prevent bacteria from thriving around the teeth and gums. Brushing removes food particles, sugars, and starches that get left behind after a person eats or drinks.
Ideally, a person should brush after every meal. However, for many people, it just isn’t practical to brush the teeth in the middle of the day.
As long as patients brush their teeth every morning and night, and rinse the mouth with water after eating meals and snacks, they can drastically reduce the risk of plaque buildup.
Brushing the teeth is extremely effective, but it is not enough to get the teeth completely clean. Toothbrushes can’t reach all the spaces between the teeth and gums. That is why flossing is so beneficial.
Flossing cleans food particles from between the teeth to prevent the buildup of bacteria, plaque, and tartar. Patients should floss their teeth at least once each day.
For extra protection, patients can swish the mouth with an anti-bacterial rinse or mouthwash. These types of rinses kill bacteria to drastically reduce the risk of gum disease or root canal infection.
Any patient can benefit from an antibacterial rinse, but it is especially helpful for patients who are prone to gum disease or have experienced gum disease in the past.
Routine dental exams and cleanings are essential to the preservation of oral health. At a dental cleaning, a dental hygienist can get rid of plaque and tartar.
A dental exam allows the dentist to diagnose any problems, such as gum disease, before they have become too advanced. Most patients should schedule biannual cleanings and exams, but if patients are at a high-risk for gum disease or have had the condition before, they may need more frequent exams.
At Montgomery County Periodontal Associates, Dr. Miles Mason offers a comprehensive range of periodontal services to treat gum disease and restore oral health. If you would like to learn how these services may benefit you, contact us at your earliest convenience. You can reach us by calling (281) 363-2009.
Dr. Mason and his staff have been fantastic. Dr. Mason has performed periodontal surgery on me twice and always made himself available for after hours care and questions. The surgical results turned out well and working with his staff has always been a nice experience.