Periodontitis, commonly referred to as gum disease, is common among American adults as nearly have of them suffer from it. The good news is that periodontitis is quite treatable by your general dentist, although it is better to take steps to avoid developing it in the first place. While Dr. Jeffery Alvarado can offer gum disease treatment at your regular checkup at The Lakes Family Dental, try following these tips to protect your teeth every day.
Keep Your Teeth Clean
The best way to avoid gum disease is to keep your teeth clean. This can only happen if you are dedicated to strict cleaning regimen of brushing and flossing your teeth twice per day. Be sure to brush for at least two minutes and to floss so that you not only get between your teeth but scrape across the surface as well. You should also brush your teeth after every meal. If you are unable to brush your teeth after a meal, another way to keep your teeth clean is to chew sugar-free gum. Just be sure to brush your teeth later, especially before going to bed.
Do Not Smoke
Smoking leads to all kinds of health problems, but it is especially damaging to your teeth and puts you at significant risk of developing gum disease. Smoking also stains your teeth and leads to decay, which can result in teeth falling out. Now is a great time to try to break the habit if you are a smoker.
Keep Your Dental Appointments
Even when you maintain healthy habits and clean your teeth properly, you have a small risk of developing periodontitis. However, if you keep your regular dental appointments, your general dentist can address the signs of gum disease early on to prevent any serious issues. If you are overdue for your dental visit, contact our office today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Alvarado.