Gum disease can cause a lot of harm to your mouth, but our periodontist knows that you can easily prevent it by following some simple steps. When you keep your mouth healthy, then you are less likely to develop the oral infections that require treatment at Montgomery County Periodontal Associates. Contact Dr. Miles Mason today if you want to learn more about how you can prevent gum disease in Conroe, Texas.
Because periodontal disease is caused by the irritation from the plaque and tartar that collect on teeth, one of the key elements of prevention is maintaining good oral hygiene. Daily brushing and flossing are essential in preventing gum disease because they clean your mouth of the plaque bacteria that cause it. Routine visits to a dental office are also a must because you need to see a hygienist who will scale away the tartar (hardened plaque) that collects on teeth over time.
In addition to poor oral hygiene, there are several other risk factors that increase your chances for developing periodontal disease, including:
- Tobacco use
- Hormone changes (due to pregnancy, menopause, puberty, the use of oral contraceptives, etc.)
- Certain medications
- Poor nutrition
Though several of these risk factors can be avoided, some cannot. What is important is to take care of your oral and overall health so your body is strong enough to fight off infection. We invite you to contact our offices to learn more about the steps you can take to prevent gum disease.