Understanding Periodontal Disease and Ways to Help Prevent It

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Periodontal disease, sometimes known as gum disease, can have a serious impact on your teeth, gums and overall health. Periodontal disease is an inflammation of the gum tissue caused by the excess buildup of bacteria and plaque.

Excess plaque can cause the gum tissues to start to pull away from the teeth. The inflammation can damage gum tissues and over time can damage the bones that anchor your teeth.

Early symptoms of periodontal disease include red and swollen gums, bleeding during brushing and flossing, as well as persistent bad breath. Other symptoms might include a difference in the way your teeth bite together, as well as how a bridge or partial fits with the rest of your teeth.

There are a few things you can do to help prevent periodontal disease. Brushing your teeth after every meal helps remove food particles from your teeth where bacteria like to hide. If you can’t brush after every meal, you should brush twice a day in the morning after breakfast and again before going to bed at night.

Flossing twice a day will also help improve overall gum health. Excess plaque between the teeth can lead to a buildup of calculus. This can cause pockets to form between the teeth and gums which allow bacteria greater access to gum tissues.

Visiting your dentist twice a year for regular dental cleanings is essential for removing plaque and calculus. Our dental office can also help watch for early warning signs, answer your questions and help you improve your brushing and flossing technique.

To learn more about periodontal disease or to schedule an appointment, please call our office at 661.588.2772, and we’ll look forward to hearing from you.