50% of U.S. adults have gum disease. That number jumps up to 71% in adults over the age of sixty-five. Gum disease can range from mild to severe and is typified by an inflammation of the gums. If left untreated, this chronic disease will eventually contribute to tooth loss.
There is a wide range of risk factors associated with gum disease. These risk factors include poorly done dental work, hormonal changes, bad nutrition habits, chemotherapy, old age, tobacco abuse, substance abuse, some medications, diabetes, poor at home dental habits and genetics.
How to reduce your risk of gum disease
The first step to guarding against gum disease is to make sure you are visiting the expert: your dentist! Your dentist is specifically trained to notice the signs and symptoms associated with gum disease and other oral health issues. By scheduling a dental cleaning every six months, you can rest a little easier knowing that your teeth are being well cared for. During a dental cleaning, a hygienist will properly clean your teeth, remove plaque, then polish your teeth. Remember, to notify your dentist immediately if you have any symptoms of gum disease including loose teeth, swollen or bleeding gums, a receding gum line, or tooth sensitivity.
Regular dental office visits go hand in hand with your at home dental care regimen. Your daily dental habits should include brushing, flossing, and rinsing. Be sure you brush at least twice a day for two minutes. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush to avoid causing gum recession. Next, use an 18-inch piece of floss to clean all sides of each tooth. Finally, use an antiseptic mouth rinse to prevent bacteria growth and freshen breath.
A dental care regimen should also include eating right. Foods that are loaded with sugars and starches generate large amounts of acid—the perfect breeding ground for bacteria. Instead of eating candy, chips, or baked goods, choose snacks that are high in fiber and protein.
Schedule your next dental cleaning
At Drs of Smiles, we pride ourselves in offering high-quality dental care. Don’t forget to schedule your next teeth cleaning by contacting our office at 480.834.6991. Start today to have a healthy smile!