Periodontal disease, also called periodontitis, is a serious condition that can eventually cause tooth loss. Without treatment, it can also destroy the integrity of the bone that supports your teeth. Fortunately, by practicing good oral hygiene and regularly visiting your dentists, Dr. Adel Mansour and Dr. Ramy Labib of Central Florida Cosmetic and Family Dentistry in Hunter’s Creek, FL, you can prevent it from occurring in the first place.
We recommend the following tips for preventing periodontal disease:
What is Periodontal Disease?
Periodontal disease is an inflammatory condition that affects the gums, teeth, and jawbones. Its initial stage is known as gingivitis. The characteristics of gingivitis are red and swollen gums that bleed when flossing or brushing. If left untreated, gingivitis can lead to periodontal disease. Symptoms of periodontal disease include:
- Swollen, inflamed gums
- Persistent bad breath
- Tender gums
- Bleeding gums
- Puss between teeth
- Loose teeth
- Tooth loss
- Receding gums
Keeping Periodontal Disease at Bay
By maintaining good oral hygiene habits, you can avoid gum disease. Here’s how:
- Brush, brush: Twice daily brushing for at least two minutes helps prevent gum disease by reducing the plaque and bacteria build-up on your teeth and gums.
- Floss away: Daily flossing not only dislodges trapped food particles from between your teeth, but it also eliminates plaque from those areas that are hard to reach with a toothbrush.
- Rinse and swish: Taking a sip of mouthwash and swishing it around your mouth for 30-40 seconds also helps cut down on oral bacteria.
- Visit your dentist: Hunter’s Creek residents should visit our office for regular six-month check-ups and annual in-chair cleanings. Scheduled visits allow our dentists to recognize early symptoms of gum disease so that we can treat them before they can develop into periodontal disease.
If you are experiencing symptoms of gingivitis or periodontal disease and you live in or around Hunter’s Creek, call the Central Florida Cosmetic and Family Dentistry at (407) 483-9990 to schedule a consultation.