3 Ways to Defend Against Gum Disease

October 25, 2018

Gum disease, which is also known as periodontal disease, is prevalent among adults in the United States. It is one of the top causes of tooth loss. It is also linked to other serious health conditions like heart disease and diabetes. These facts make defending against gum disease essential to both your oral health and your overall well-being. If you live in or near Olathe, KS, the team at E-Care Dentistry can help in your fight against gum disease! 

#1: Prevent It

Gum disease is caused by a build up of bacteria along the line where your gums meet your teeth. Bacteria can get beneath the gum tissues, too, and cause irritation and inflammation. Too prevent the onset of gum disease, it is imperative to reduce the buildup of plaque and bacteria in your mouth. A strong oral hygiene routine of brushing, flossing, and rinsing can help keep bacterial buildup minimized. Eating foods that are healthy for your smile can be another way to prevent gum disease. Routine dental cleanings and exams are another essential piece of the prevention puzzle.

#2: Catch It Early

Routine cleanings and exams allow for your dentist to notice any signs of gum disease that you may have missed. Catching gum disease in the earliest stage, known as gingivitis, allows for an opportunity for the disease to be reversed. Gingivitis can often be turned around with improved hygiene and a cleaning. If gum disease is allowed to progress without being treated, it can progress into more serious stages.

#3: Manage It

Once gum disease has advanced to the stages where it causes gum recession or damage to the teeth and supportive structures, it cannot be reversed. Managing the disease with a treatment known as a scaling and root planing can help to keep the bacterial buildup from causing serious consequences like tooth loss.

We Can Help You Defend Against Gum Disease

Gum disease is a leading cause of adult tooth loss. For more information, schedule a consultation by calling E-Care Dentistry, PA in Olathe, KS, today at 913-210-1701. We also proudly serve patients from Overland Park, Lenexa, Leawood, Gardner, Spring Hill, Osawatomie, Edgerton, Shawnee, Johnson County, De Soto, Paola, Lawrence, and all surrounding communities.