July 11, 2017

Gum disease (periodontal disease) is a problem that millions of Americans are affected by. In many cases, people had no idea that this condition was developing in their mouths. This is because many of the symptoms associated with the early stages of periodontal disease – when it is most treatable – are slow to develop and not easily noticed. However, many people suffer from the more advanced stages of the condition characterized by bleeding and swollen painful gums along with other uncomfortable symptoms.

Dr. Chertok can help you get a handle on periodontal disease and dial back its progress before it gets worse. There are lots of excellent strategies for beating gum disease and talking with your periodontist is the first step.

Take a Second Look at Your Diet

The food and beverages we choose daily affect the health of our gums and teeth. Soda and other carbonated drinks can cause problems for teeth and gums. The sugar contained in these drinks causes harmful bacteria to flourish on teeth, which gradually cause inflammation in the gum line. Gums become inflamed and tender, in some cases becoming visibly swollen. These are signs that an infection has set in.

Spending an adequate amount of time brushing your teeth each morning and night helps to clear away the bacteria that contributes to gum disease. Decreasing and even eliminating your soda intake will also drastically improve your gum health.

Replace Your Toothbrush on a Regular Basis

Can you remember the last time you replaced your toothbrush? Even the best ones will need to be replaced every 2 – 3 months. Using an old toothbrush robs you of the full benefits of adequate brushing; here is why:

  • Bristles get bent and damaged with use; this prevents them from cleaning as well as they should.
  • Bacteria collect on the bristles, which can then be transferred back to your mouth.
  • Bristles lose their spring and cannot clean as well

Learn More About Gum Health Today

Schedule an appointment with periodontist Dr. Chertok to learn more about the many ways you and your family can enjoy great oral health.



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