Tips for the prevention of periodontal disease

Periodontal disease is an infection in the mouth that can cause significant damage to the bones, gum tissue, and teeth. In most situations, it is entirely preventable with proper care. Dr. Yvonne Caton-Hospedales of McDonough, Georgia, is the primary dentist at Your Smile Dental Wellness Center and can help you understand more about this condition and what can be done to prevent it.

Can gingivitis be cured?

Gum disease is best described as a serious infection of the gums that can progress to affect the bone supporting the teeth. Gingivitis is a mild form of this specific disease. It is caused by plaque, a sticky film of food debris, bacteria, and saliva. Plaque irritates the gums, making them red, swollen, and more likely to bleed.

If gingivitis is left without adequate treatment in the early stages, it progresses to periodontitis, a more severe form of gum disease. Periodontitis can lead to tooth loss and cannot be cured. Luckily, gingivitis is reversible with good oral hygiene habits and routine cleanings from the dental office. This includes correct brushing of the teeth at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, flossing daily, and getting regular professional cleanings to bring the smile back to health.

What are some tips to help prevent gum disease?

In addition to practicing proper dental and oral hygiene habits at home, you can take a few other steps to prevent gum disease.

  • Quit smoking. Quitting smoking is one of the most important things you can do for your oral health. Smoking dramatically increases your risk of developing gum disease and other problems like tooth decay.
  • Follow a proper diet. Eating a healthy, balanced diet and limiting sugary snacks are also important for preventing gum disease. Sugar feeds the bacteria in plaque, which can cause irritation and inflammation of the gums. Eating plenty of crunchy fruits and vegetables can help keep teeth clean and promote saliva production, which helps rinse away food debris and plaque.
  • Routine care. Getting regular dental checkups and cleanings is essential for preventing gum disease. The dental hygienists at Your Smile Dental Wellness Center will remove any plaque and tartar buildup on your teeth and help you develop a good oral hygiene routine.

How do I learn more about gum disease cleaning and prevention?

At Your Smile Dental Wellness Center, patients in the area of McDonough, GA, have access to quality care with Dr. Yvonne Caton-Hospedales. If you are ready to speak to her about caring for the smile and protecting your smile from problems such as periodontal disease and tooth decay, call (770) 727-3378 to request a consultation appointment. The office is located at 854 Hampton Road and currently accepts new patients.