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How can I prevent Periodontal Disease?

In most cases, if detected early, periodontal disease can be prevented. There are different stages of periodontal disease, but the first stage is the only stage in which it can be reversed. This stage is called gingivitis. Gingivitis is a form of gum disease that happens when plaque, a naturally-occurring sticky film containing bacteria, builds up on teeth and causes the inflammation of the surrounding gum tissue. Plaque produces toxins that irritate the gums. These toxins cause an infection in your mouth. Proper oral hygiene is one thing patients can do to try to control any infection that occurs in their mouth. The best hygiene tips include using an electric toothbrush twice a day for two minutes and using floss/waterpik once a day. The key to proper flossing is using a c-shape technique to disrupt and disturb the bacteria so it doesn’t have the chance to release the harmful toxins. Many patients have a hard time getting in the habit of flossing or waterpiking every day. Having a visual on your bathroom mirror to remind you or even changing up the time of the day are some tricks that can help prevent gingivitis from turning into periodontal disease. 

Seeing your hygienist on the intervals that she recommends is another way a patient can prevent periodontal disease. When there is destructive bacteria present in the mouth it takes about 90 days for that bacteria to destroy bone. Once a patient is diagnosed with periodontal disease and that bone has been lost, we cannot get that bone back. This may be a reason your hygienist needs to see you more frequently until you can get to a healthier state. 

Diet is another way patients can try to prevent periodontal disease. A diet rich in leafy greens (vitamins A and C) and avoiding a diet full of starch and sugar can help reduce the amount of plaque build up. Patients will also want to avoid cigarettes and smokeless tobacco as that raises your risk of periodontal disease. 

Diet is another way patients can try to prevent periodontal disease. A diet rich in leafy greens (vitamins A and C) and avoiding a diet full of starch and sugar can help reduce the amount of plaque build up. Patients will also want to avoid cigarettes and smokeless tobacco as that raises your risk of periodontal disease. 

 

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