The function of the gum tissues is to hold your teeth in place. When bacterial buildup occurs as a part of poor oral hygiene practices, the result can be a serious condition known as periodontal disease. Because periodontal disease can spread into the bloodstream and potentially affect the entire body, including the cardiovascular system, it can pose significant health problems. Fortunately, periodontal disease is largely preventable. Here’s what you can do to keep it from happening to you:
Brush and Floss at Least Twice a Day, Every Day
Skimping on oral hygiene is highly tempting after a long night or a rushed morning, but getting into this habit is a sure way to increase your chances of developing periodontal disease and other oral health issues. Always make sure you brush and floss at least twice per day. For an extra layer of protection, use an antibacterial mouthwash to finish off your oral hygiene routine.
Signs That You May Be Developing Periodontal Disease
The first stage of gum disease is known as gingivitis, and its first symptoms are sore gums and that may even bleed during brushing and flossing. At this stage, the condition is usually reversible, so be sure to make an appointment with your dentist if you experience this.
Please feel free to contact our office at your convenience to find out more about preventing periodontal disease or other ways to enjoy good dental health. Keep in mind that regular dental checkups are one of the best ways to detect dental issues early enough so they can be effectively treated.