Periodontal Care Houston TX
Periodontal care is the care of areas around the teeth, such as the gums and the bones supporting your teeth. These areas are often at high risk of infection and require special treatment. If not cared for properly, you can develop periodontitis.
This is a gum disease that occurs due to the formation of plaque, which is a sticky layer of food particles, saliva, and bacteria. This turns into calculus, and if it is not removed, it can adversely impact your gums and bones. Indications of periodontal disease include swollen and bleeding gums. If you have any of these symptoms, you should consult our team at Frank Dunlap, DDS.
Many patients who have periodontitis are not even aware of it. This is because this disease is hard to detect in the earlier stages when it is painless. While it is the first and foremost cause of tooth loss, research suggests that it might also be linked to other diseases such as diabetes, obesity, cancer, and creates an increased risk for pregnant women.
How to Prevent Periodontal Disease
Practicing good oral hygiene, eating a balanced diet, and visiting our team regularly can help prevent periodontal disease. There are several good habits to develop that will help you with your periodontal care.
In order to prevent plaque from growing and hardening into tartar, you must brush your teeth at least twice a day. You must also not allow the plaque to sit long enough to harden into tartar because then the only way you would be able to remove it is through professional cleaning. Tartar makes it easy for more plaque to attach and can worsen the condition of your gums with time. Be sure to clean your tongue, as it could be layered with bacteria that must not be left untreated.
The best way to remove pieces of food that get stuck between your teeth or in areas that a toothbrush cannot access is by using dental floss. It would be best if you flossed your teeth at least once a day, for it is an essential component of periodontal care.
While using a mouthwash greatly helps with reaching areas like the buccal corridor that cannot be reached by toothbrush/dental floss, it must not be used as an alternative to brushing or flossing your teeth. It must be treated as an add-on preventive measure.
Furthermore, you should also visit our professionals every six months so we can evaluate your teeth and gums. This will allow us to detect problems that may become a source of worry later.
Risks of Periodontal Disease
Knowing the risks of periodontal disease is key to preventing it, and that is important to overall good oral health. You should know that the risk of developing periodontal disease increases as a person ages, and if a person is a smoker, the person's risk of developing periodontal disease is increased by up to four times as compared to non-smokers. Moreover, diabetic patients are more prone to developing periodontal disease.
Request an Appointment Today!
Knowing and practicing habits that prevent periodontal disease are vital to good oral care. Remember to consult our Houston dental professionals at Frank Dunlap, DDS every six months for further assistance. If you have not made your appointment yet, call us at (346) 576-4411.
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