Preventing Periodontal Disease

Preventing Periodontal DiseaseHealthy gums play a critical role in maintaining your oral health. Unfortunately, many adults suffer from gum, or periodontal, disease. Periodontal disease is an infection of the gingiva, or gum tissue, that has been linked to a number of serious health issues, including pregnancy complications, cardiovascular disease, and respiratory infections.

For most people, periodontal disease is almost entirely preventable with proper oral hygiene. Proper oral hygiene habits along with regular dental care by our Los Angeles cosmetic dentist can help you lower your periodontal disease risk and improve your oral and overall health.

Gum disease is most often caused by plaque and oral bacteria. Plaque tends to develop along the gum line, where it irritates the gums and leads to inflammation. The gums begin to pull away from teeth, leaving pockets that can trap additional bacteria and lead to bone loss and extensive tissue damage.

Brushing at least two times a day and flossing gently every day can remove plaque, food particles, and bacteria from your teeth and reduce your risk of periodontal disease. Use a toothbrush with soft bristles that fits your mouth for the best results. Finish by brushing your tongue and using an antimicrobial mouth rinse to remove extra bacteria and further reduce the risk to your gums.

Even with proper daily oral hygiene habits, you may be unable to remove all traces of plaque on your own. Regular checkups and six month cleanings by our Los Angeles dentist are necessary to help keep your teeth and gums as healthy as possible.

Source: Dentist in Los Angeles

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