If you think gum disease is just having less-than-beautiful teeth, think again. Periodontal disease, or gum disease, has been associated with low birth weight babies, diabetes, and chronic lung disease. Furthermore, it is known that these bacteria can attach to the heart or heart valves, creating a serious condition known as bacterial endocarditis, which can kill you. This disease is very serious.
Thankfully, with proper and regular oral health, it’s extremely unlikely to get it. Here’s what that generally includes:
Brush your teeth. Taking care of your teeth and gums is the best way to avoid these serious complications. Brushing after meals, not just before bed, helps remove food particles and plaque trapped between your teeth and gums. Don’t forget to include your tongue! The bacteria that causes gum disease loves to hide there.
Floss. Come on, you already know you should be flossing. Flossing at least once a day helps to remove food particles your toothbrush can’t reach, as well as the plaque in between your teeth and along the gumline. Even brushing after every meal won’t get everything.
Use mouthwash. Swishing with mouthwash can help reduce plaque and can remove the stubborn, remaining food particles that brushing and flossing missed.
See a Dentist. It’s crucial to see a professional and get an annual comprehensive periodontal evaluation (CPE). A CPE looks at your teeth, plaque level, gums, bite, bone structure and other risk factors for periodontal disease. Identifying symptoms of gum disease early is key to protecting your teeth and gums. It’s also important to discuss your risk with your dentist. Age, smoking, diet and genetics can all increase your risk, even if you brush and floss regularly.
Periodontal disease is nothing to be alarmed about if you take proper care of yourself and visit a dentist regularly. Complete Dental offers the personal touch and professionalism you want in a dentist’s’ office, that is why so many in the Houston area have chosen us. Contact us today at (281) 449-1053 to schedule your talk.