In our last two blogs, we discussed what gum disease is, its symptoms, and how this infection in your mouth can affect the rest of your body and your overall health. All of us at Creekview Dental in Woodbury also want you to know that despite how scary periodontal disease is, it is actually very easy to prevent.
There are two main ways to prevent gum disease that are simple and inexpensive daily habits – brushing your teeth and flossing. By brushing your teeth for 2-3 minutes twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste and by flossing regularly, your chances of developing gum disease greatly decrease.
How else can you keep your gums healthy?
In addition to brushing and flossing, there are several other ways that you can keep your gums, and your body, healthy.
Eat a balanced diet that limits sticky sweet foods.
Don’t smoke. In fact, tobacco use increases your risk of gum disease by six times!
- Visit your Woodbury dentist at least twice a year for professional exams and cleanings. If you have a history of gum disease we may recommend more frequent visits.
Visiting our dental office in Woodbury regularly is a great way to keep an eye on your oral health and also to spot any trouble areas before they have a chance to become big problems. If we do happen to find active gum disease, don’t worry. Although gum disease can be a scary thing, it is easily treatable with early detection. Our hygienist Liz has extensive training in periodontal therapy and she has successfully treated even the most advanced cases of gum disease with her extremely gentle touch.
So if it’s time for your professional cleaning or if you have concerns about the health of your gums, call Creekview Dental at 651-738-8204 and schedule your appointment today. Together we can stop gum disease and help keep you healthy.