Tips for preventing gum disease from your Kirkland dentist
Gum disease is not a condition you want to wait out. It should be diagnosed early and treated properly in order to preserve tooth stability, fresh breath, comfort, and general health. You may have heard that your dentist can get an idea about your health just by looking in your mouth. This is because numerous studies indicate a direct correlation between the two. For this reason, hygiene and dental care are considered vital to well-being.
Gum disease: Are you at risk?
Some believe that gum disease is an age-related condition; that it affects only older adults and the elderly. This is not true. Although it is not nearly as common, gum disease may be seen in a child or teen. Additional factors that increase risk include:
- Smoking. This is actually one of the leading factors in gum disease due to the fact that smoking and tobacco use inhibits oxygenation which supports oral tissues.
- Medications. Certain medications can increase susceptibility to gum disease.
- Diet. Proper nutrition is necessary to keep the mouth from becoming an unhealthy, acidic environment.
- Health conditions. Chronic illnesses such as diabetes or rheumatoid arthritis place stress on the immune system, which makes gum disease more difficult to avoid.
It is also worth stating that previous treatment for gum disease does not protect you from this condition in the future.
Reducing your risk
The statistics on gum disease are unfortunate because this condition is relatively easy to avoid. We are happy to help you assess your risk, and to demonstrate ways to manage your oral health on a daily basis. Routine dental care complements the habits you keep at home, and should not be skipped. Dr. Kelley performs gum examination using a tiny probe that indicates the presence of inflammation, as well as its severity.
Home care is straightforward, but many people have never been taught the details that can make or break a hygiene routine:
- Brush for a full two minutes morning and night.
- Floss! Water irrigation is an adjunct to, not a substitute for, flossing.
- Rinse after snacks and any beverage that contains sugar or is acidic.
- Consume healthy, fresh foods that fortify teeth and gums.
- Do not use tobacco products.
Dr. Kelley and the team at Kingsgate Dental believe that education is the best possible treatment for gum disease. For your check-up and cleaning in our Kirkland office, call (425) 385-0080.