5 Ways to Help Prevent Gum Disease

Dental Patient Brushing Their Teeth

Gum disease is one of the most dangerous oral conditions, affecting the health and function of your gums, bone, and teeth. If left to progress, gum disease can have dangerous long-term consequences for both your oral and physical health, including tooth loss and complications with systemic diseases. Whether gum disease progresses to dangerous stages depends on how carefully it’s controlled.

The good news is, it’s possible you can prevent this chronic condition altogether! Dr. Lauren Anderson, our board-certified periodontist, is a specialist in gum disease diagnosis and treatment. She provides 5 helpful ways you can prevent gum disease:

 

  1. Brush and Floss Daily

The primary cause of gingivitis, the first stage of gum disease, is a buildup of bacterial plaque and tartar on the teeth that infects the gum tissues. The best way to prevent this buildup is by brushing properly twice a day and flossing once a day. It can be beneficial to also use an antibacterial mouthwash or water flosser to better ensure you’re removing food debris from on and between the teeth.

  1. Eat a Healthy Diet

Foods that contain high amounts of sugar and starch can leave large amounts of sticky residue on your teeth. Similarly, sugary drinks, like soda or juice, can find their way into any crack or crevice in the tooth enamel. Replacing unhealthy foods and beverages with a diet rich in nutrients is not only good for your physical health but can improve your oral health, too. A healthier immune system is also better at fighting off gum infection.

  1. Control Systemic Disease

Numerous studies show a link between periodontal disease and systemic conditions like diabetes and heart disease. The bacteria that cause gum disease can travel throughout the body and aggravate underlying conditions already present. Similarly, certain systemic problems like diabetes, make you more susceptible to developing gum disease. Controlling systemic diseases as best you can helps control gum disease too, or prevent it altogether.

  1. Quit Smoking

Nicotine in cigarettes and tobacco products can weaken your immune system, which increases your risk for gum infection. It also decreases your body’s ability to heal, making it more difficult to manage gum disease once you have it. The best solution is to quit smoking or using tobacco to prevent more serious problems and advanced stages of gum disease.

  1. See a Gum Specialist

Maintaining routine preventative appointments with a dentist or periodontist is also crucial in the fight against gum disease. As a board-certified periodontist, Dr. Anderson is considered a gum expert and specializes in preventing, diagnosing, and treating gum disease. Even if you’re experiencing minor symptoms of gum disease, such as bleeding gums, seek her expertise for your care. In the first stage, gum disease can be prevented, but only through specialized treatment.

 

Concerned About Gum Disease?

If you’re experiencing symptoms of gum disease, or have other questions about your oral health, don’t wait to schedule a consultation with Dr. Anderson. Her expertise in periodontal treatments means you’ll receive minimally invasive and targeted treatment, with a predictable return to optimal oral health and function. Make your appointment at Anderson Periodontal Wellness in our office in Bloomfield Hills, MI today by scheduling online or calling (248) 480-4910.

How a Periodontist Helps You Qualify for Dental Implants

Dental Implant Model

If you have one or more missing teeth, dental implants are often the preferred method for replacing them. Dental implants are a permanent solution, able to restore function for eating with natural and attractive replacement teeth. The ideal candidate for implants is an individual in good physical health with minimal bone loss and no past oral infection or underlying disease. But what if your situation is less than ideal, and you have been told that you don’t qualify for dental implants?

Choose a specialist like our board-certified periodontist, Dr. Lauren Anderson, for your treatment. Her advanced training as a specialist uniquely qualifies her to treat patients who present more complex cases. You can experience a new life with dental implants, and it starts with a consultation at Anderson Periodontal Wellness!

 

What Does it Mean to Be a Specialist?

A specialist is a dentist who has completed additional years of focused education in a certain field of dentistry. After receiving her D.D.S. degree from the University of Michigan, Dr. Anderson spent three additional years of clinical training in Periodontics to specialize in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of oral conditions, advanced bone grafting techniques, and dental implants. Her expertise as a periodontist qualifies her to treat patients with advanced periodontal disease, extensive bone loss, and failing dentitions.

 

When Is a Specialist Needed for Dental Implants?

While many general dentists now place dental implants, only certain specialists like Dr. Anderson have achieved a level of training and experience that truly qualifies her to complete your treatment. This is especially important if you have had oral infections in the past, currently have gum disease, or have lost gum tissue and bone because of infection or missing teeth.

It is common for patients in your situation to need additional preparatory treatments, such as bone grafting and periodontal therapy before they can qualify for dental implants. Just like a patient with heart disease routinely visits a cardiologist so should you visit a dental specialist if you have more complex oral health concerns. As a board-certified periodontist, Dr. Anderson is the go-to expert for all these treatments and the ideal choice for your care.

 

How Dr. Anderson Qualifies You for Implants

Any physical or oral health problems you’re experiencing increase the risk of implant failure, especially if you don’t receive treatment from a qualified specialist like Dr. Anderson. With her extensive training, she has what it takes to address underlying conditions, treat problems when necessary, and create a healthy oral environment needed for long-term dental implant success. Using digital technologies and minimally invasive techniques, she can then expertly replace your missing teeth. For such a lifelong investment as dental implants, choose the expert for your care!

 

Interested in a Second Opinion?

If you’ve been told in the past that your condition disqualifies you from getting dental implants, don’t wait to schedule a consultation with Dr. Anderson! It may be possible you can become a candidate with specialized care at Anderson Periodontal Wellness in our office in Bloomfield Hills, MI. Reserve your appointment now by scheduling online or calling (248) 480-4910.