Earlier this month, we created an infographic with things you should know about gum disease including risk factors and symptoms.
To close out February — Gum Disease Awareness Month — we want to offer a gentle reminder about what you should be doing to prevent periodontal disease. We’ve also included information about the gum disease treatments that our dentists provide to our patients in and around Marietta, GA.
Gum Disease Prevention
If you ask us, prevention is always a better option than treatment with gum disease. It’s better for your oral health, and it might be better for your overall health considering gum disease’s links to problems like heart disease.
So what should you be doing to prevent gum disease? You probably know the answers, but we will review the steps to follow below.
➤ Brush your teeth twice a day
It sounds simple, but according to a recent survey, 3 in 10 people don’t brush twice daily. The survey results also revealed that 23 percent (nearly 1 in 4 people) have gone two or more days without brushing their teeth.
The American Dental Association recommends brushing twice a day for two minutes each time. This isn’t just to give people something to do. It’s to remove the bacteria that are constantly trying to form plaque on your teeth.
Every time you brush, you are breaking up the plaque and removing many bacteria. Be sure to scrub your teeth on all sides, to use a toothpaste with fluoride, and to change your toothbrush every 3 to 4 months.
➤ Floss or clean between your teeth every day
That survey we mentioned above also revealed that 6 in 10 Americans do not floss daily, and two of those six never floss.
Brushing is a way to clean most of your teeth, but it misses two important places: the spaces between your teeth and below your gumline. By flossing, you are removing plaque from those areas as well as small food particles (which bacteria can use for their own purposes).
If you don’t like flossing — and based on the survey, most people don’t — you do have other options.
You can use flossers, which have short handles with a strand of dental floss on one end. You can use water flossers, which have proven to be comparably effective at cleaning the spaces between your teeth and gums.
Some people also can use interdental brushes. Just be careful to get ones that are the right size if you do.
➤ Visit the dentist for professional cleanings and exams
At Atlanta West Dentistry, we like to see our patients at least twice a year for checkups. Our team will give you a thorough cleaning to remove plaque and tartar and to polish your teeth.
While you are here, we will be examining your mouth as well. We look for signs of tooth decay and gum disease. By catching problems early, we often can treat it before it causes serious problems.
Call 770-744-4619 to schedule your next cleaning at our dentist office in Marietta, GA.
Gum Disease Treatment
During your visits with us, we will be looking for symptoms of gum disease. Between visits, you may want to call us if you notice these signs:
▪︎ Bleeding gums
▪︎ Gums that are red or swollen
▪︎ Sore, tender gums
▪︎ Receding gums
▪︎ Loose teeth or changes in your bite
At Atlanta West Dentistry, we prefer non-surgical periodontal treatments for our patients.
The first option is a procedure called scaling and root planing. This is a way for a dental professional to remove bacteria, plaque, and tartar that may have formed around the roots of your teeth.
As a follow-up to that procedure, we may prescribe an antibiotic gel to reduce your risk of a return infection after your treatment.
For more serious cases of gum disease, we may use perio laser therapy. This can be done instead of surgery, and it offers clear advantages for our patients.
With laser treatment, we can remove infected gum tissue without cutting into your gums. This speeds up your recovery, and it preserves more of your healthy gum tissue.
It’s a service we are proud to be able to offer at our dentist office in Marietta, GA.
Have Questions? Need Help?
The team at Atlanta West Dentistry will do our best to remove gum disease from your mouth and to maintain your oral health. You’ve got to do your part by brushing, flossing, and making regular visits to our office.