Periodontal disease refers to an infection of the gums and surrounding tissues that can lead to tooth loss if left untreated. As dental providers, it is our responsibility to provide information and guidance on preventing periodontal disease through patient education. Here are some simple but important recommendations for prevention of periodontal disease:
- Brushing and flossing: It’s crucial to brush your teeth twice daily using a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. Flossing should be done at least once a day to remove plaque and debris from between the teeth and along the gumline.
- Regular dental visits: Schedule regular check-ups with your dentist, ideally every four to six months. These visits allow for professional cleaning, examination, and early detection of any potential gum issues.
- Healthy diet: Implementing a balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and low-fat dairy products benefits overall oral health. Limiting sugary foods and beverages helps prevent plaque buildup, which contributes to gum disease.
- Avoid tobacco and limit alcohol: Tobacco use and excessive alcohol consumption have been linked to an increased risk of periodontal disease. Quitting smoking and reducing alcohol intake can have significant benefits for both oral and general health.
- Stress management: High stress levels can weaken the immune system, making it more difficult for the body to fight infections, including gum disease. Find healthy ways to manage stress, such as exercising, meditating, or practicing relaxation techniques.
- Proper oral hygiene habits: Avoid habits that can harm your oral health, such as biting nails, chewing on ice or hard objects, or using your teeth as tools. These actions can damage the gums, teeth, and supporting structures.
We strongly believe that the above preventive measures are essential in maintaining the best level of oral health. Dental Square has a team of highly trained dental professionals who work constantly on keeping our patients motivated enough to adopt these measures through personalized advice and regular follow ups. Call us at 905-915-8988 to book an appointment.