January 18, 2016

The 19th day in January is dedicated to one of America’s favorite snacks: popcorn. Originally introduced to settlers via Native Americans, popcorn was commercialized in the 1900s and quickly became a staple baseball snack. However, those deliciously buttery kernels can spell disaster for your teeth and gums without proper oral care. Before you indulge in that lovely salty snack, refresh your memory regarding gum disease prevention techniques.

What Is Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal or gum disease results in the inflammation and recession of the gums and can lead to the need for dental implants in Miami, FL. Though the disease can be serious if untreated, it is entirely preventable with an effective oral care routine. Additionally, the symptoms and effects are frequently reversible if the disease is detected early.

Factors That Increase the Risk of Gum Disease

While poor oral hygiene is the chief cause of gum disease, other factors may increase your risk of developing the disease including:

  • Tobacco use
  • Pregnancy
  • Tooth grinding
  • Clenching habits
  • Diabetes
  • High levels of stress
  • Certain medications
  • Familial history of periodontal disease

If you’re concerned about your risk of periodontal disease, speak with your dentist and consider scheduling more frequent regular check ups.

How to Manage and Prevent Gum Disease

Gum disease prevention does require a regular routine, but it’s far from time consuming. Add the following to your daily routine:

  • Brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste.
  • Clean between your teeth with dental floss daily.
  • Use a mouth rinse once or twice daily.
  • Visit your dentist every 6 months for a check up.

Schedule Your Regular Check Up

If you want to discuss anything from basic flossing techniques to dental implants in Miami, FL, give Dr. Ross and our experienced dental team a call and schedule an appointment. If you prefer, fill out our fast online form and we’ll get in touch when it’s convenient for you.



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