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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.