What Is Gum Disease?
Chances are you will have, or you already have had gum disease, also known as periodontal disease. Dr. Carol Jin, DDS of San Ramon, California, encourages her patients to practice preventative measures to control gum disease.
What is Periodontal Disease?
According to a study done in 2009 to 2010 by the American Academy of Periodontology, nearly 50% of American adults have some degree of periodontal disease. This disease is an inflammatory response to toxins produced by the bacteria in plaque that develops on teeth. It can cause gums to separate from the teeth, forming pockets that may become infected. This could lead to gum tissue recession and bone loss as a result of these infections. It is typically caused by dental hygiene practices that are less than adequate.
What Can We Do to Prevent Gum Disease?
Periodontal disease is easily preventable. Here are several things an individual can do to prevent gum disease.
- Brush teeth regularly. You have been told most of your life to brush your teeth in the morning and before bedtime. This simple daily routine has a significant impact on the health of your gums, as well as your teeth. By removing the debris and plaque buildup between your teeth, the chance for your gums to become inflamed diminishes.
- Flossing at least once daily gets into the hard to reach areas of your teeth. Using dental floss, as opposed to floss picks, allows you to wrap around each tooth and grab food particles trapped at the gum line.
- Practice good nutrition. Fruits and vegetables not only promote a healthy body, but they contribute to healthy gums and teeth, as well. Foods high in Vitamin C and antioxidants reduce inflammation and protect the tissues from infection. Foods like kiwi, apples, grapes, and nuts support healthy gums.
- Visit a dental professional. Seeing a dental professional such as Dr. Carol Jin on a yearly basis can identify periodontal disease in its early stages. Early gum disease treatment should, in most cases, stop the disease before it worsens and causes more severe tissue damage.
Gum Disease Treatment In San Ramon
Following these simple steps will go a long way in gum disease prevention. Dr. Carol Jin and her dental team would be happy to assist you in evaluating the health of your gums and aid you in developing a personal plan for gum disease treatment and prevention. If you live in the San Ramon area, please feel free to call today to schedule an appointment.