Tips To Avoid Periodontitis

Periodontitis, an inflammation of the gums surrounding teeth, is a very serious condition that should be addressed immediately. It is also highly-avoidable with proper oral care and dental care. This type of gum infection is generally caused by the well-known culprit and gum disease, gingivitis, learn more about the signs and symptoms of gingivitis here.

Gingivitis itself involves gum inflammation and leads to problems such as bad breath and bleeding gums while brushing. While gum irritation and bleeding may occur due to gingivitis, this type of gum inflammation does not cause damage to gum tissue and bone. It can, however, if left untreated lead to the progression of periodontitis, which is more serious.

Causes of Periodontitis

The cause of periodontitis could be from poor oral care. Dental plaque that builds-up on teeth, leading to a yellowish film that is removable with brushing, can lead to this gum disease. Without proper brushing twice-a-day, plaque build-up occurs, which then leads to tartar. Tartar is more difficult to remove and requires the professional cleaning services of a dentist. Not flossing, can also lead to disease of the gum. Flossing helps to remove food and bacteria stuck in-between teeth that you can’t reach with brushing, and is just as important as brushing.

Untreated periodontitis leads to gum erosion, bone loss, and tooth loss. It can also lead to serious life-threatening health effects such as heart attack, stroke, and other health disorders such as Alzheimer’s and more. This is due to the fact that at the heart of periodontitis and gingivitis is the attack from bacteria in the mouth.

The bacteria that lead to this type of mouth infection, when left untreated, can enter the body’s blood stream leading to other more serious health problems. Unfortunately, many people are unaware of the potentially fatal seriousness of gum disease.

Periodontitis Prevention

These problems are all highly-avoidable with proper oral care. Proper oral care and regular routine trips to the dentist can help avoid problems such as periodontitis and gingivitis.

Brush: It is recommended to brush teeth twice a day; once in the morning and once at night. You should also floss once or twice a day, preferably at night when ending your day.

Floss: Flossing at night ensures the swift removal of food accumulated between the teeth during the day. If you wait until morning to floss, the bacteria in your mouth has a chance to get to work in your mouth while you sleep.

Mouthwash: It’s also important to brush your tongue and to rinse your mouth out with mouthwash at least once a day. These additional measures help fight oral bacteria.

Dental Care: Oral bacteria is an inevitable part of life, and is always present in the mouth, which is why it’s important to keep up the good fight against this bacteria with proper oral care. Annual or twice-annual trips to the dentist provide further prevention and care.

During a routine visit, you’ll receive a professional cleaning which helps remove tartar if you suffer with tartar problems and also helps to detect problems immediately when they arise. If your dentist suspects that you have a gum disorder, you’ll receive instructions on what to do next in combating the problem.

All of these simple measures are put in place to keep your smile white, bright, and to prevent tooth loss and life-threatening disorders. Read our article about the holistic benefits of dental care here, to learn more about periodontitis.

Dr. Gershberg is the owner of The Art of Dentistry which is located in Bryn Mawr, PA. He provides services such as cosmetic dentistry, general dentistry, implants, veneers, root canals, crowns, and braces. Dr. Gershberg is a clinical professor at Albert Einstein Medical Center. Check out our the Art of Dentistry by Dr. Stephen J. Gershberg Google+ page for all the latest posts By Stephen Gershberg.

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