There is no cure for gum disease, so follow these tips for prevention from your Greenwood dentist
Gum disease is a prevalent condition that millions of adults hear about on a regular basis. There are two primary stages of gum disease, gingivitis and periodontitis. When gingivitis is not treated, periodontitis will soon follow.
Gum disease can be prevented with early detection. In our Greenwood office, we formulate a dental care plan around each of our patients. Mild infection, or gingivitis, may require a professional cleaning and instructions on daily oral care. Periodontitis, the more serious form of gum disease, may need to be treated with antibiotics, scaling and root planing, or surgery. This advanced infection cannot be reversed. Ongoing care will be necessary to prevent further problems.
Tips for preventing gum disease
You should brush your teeth morning and night, and floss before bed. Routine dental care every six months is also crucial to preventing gum disease, or catching it in its early form. Additional remedies that can minimize your risk of infection include:
- Avoid tobacco products. The various ingredients in cigarettes break down tissues and inhibit oxygenation that promotes healing.
- Use an antiseptic mouthwash. This follow-up to brushing and flossing inhibits the accumulation of plaque and tartar.
- Swishing the mouth with hydrogen peroxide and water can destroy bacteria that are present in the mouth. Be careful not to swallow your rinse.
- The occasional warm salt water is very curative for oral conditions. It can reduce inflammation and kill bacteria.
- You may also brush your teeth with baking soda every now and then. This substance is known to neutralize the acid that breaks down gum tissue and enamel. Because baking soda is slightly abrasive, it should only be used occasionally.
- Foods high in vitamin C promote the growth of connective tissue. Good sources include peppers, broccoli, strawberries, and citrus fruits.
Don’t wait for gum disease to become an obvious problem, schedule your visit with Dr. Griffin today.