You may have heard of gum disease referred to in other forms, such as gingivitis and periodontitis, but the risks and concerns are the same. While gingivitis is the early stages of gum disease, this is the time that prevention and treatment are key to avoiding periodontitis, which is the advanced stages of gum disease that can lead to tooth loss and serious oral health problems. Fortunately, there are many ways to avoid gum disease if you are aware.
If you have tender gums, receding gums, toothaches, bright red gums that bleed, bad breath, swelling or tooth loss, you may have some form of gum disease. The condition can be more than just inconvenient; it can be extremely painful and change your life if you aren’t careful.
Regular, Routine Care
If you’ve ever seen a dentist or periodontist in Larkspur, CA, you’ve likely heard the ways to care for your teeth include brushing twice a day, flossing once a day and having a professional cleaning every six months. While these steps seem basic and routine, they are key to preventing gum disease.
Be Aware of Your Risks
Some people are pre-dispositioned to develop gum disease no matter how well they care for their teeth. Be aware of your risks and the factors that may make it more likely that you develop a problem, including:
Speak with Dr. Ahn if you are concerned about any genetic or lifestyle factors that may affect your oral health.
Peroxide and Water
Using mouthwash regularly can also keep your mouth clean. You may also opt to swish with a solution of peroxide and water. Choose a hydrogen peroxide that is three percent, mix it with equal parts of water and swish for 30 seconds. Don’t swallow the solution but do this three times each week to limit bacteria in the mouth.
Schedule an Appointment
For the best prevention and treatment, we encourage you to see a professional regularly. Contact us at Marin Periodontics Dental Group to speak to a periodontist today.