While neglecting your dental hygiene routine is the main cause of gum disease, your genetics play a role in your oral health as well. Studies show that your family history does affect your likelihood of developing gum disease and those at greater risk should be extra cautious with their dental hygiene. So, what exactly is gum disease and what can you do to prevent it? Read on to learn more!
What Is Gum Disease?
Gum disease, also known as periodontitis, is a condition in which plaque buildup causes the gum and bone to begin to pull away from your teeth. This creates small pockets that collect leftover food particles and cause infection to spread. Before gum disease progresses to this stage, gum inflammation is present but no significant damage to your bone or tissue has occurred. Not all gingivitis develops into gum disease and if addressed quickly, it may never become a more serious problem.
How Can I Prevent It?
The best way to prevent gum disease is to keep up with your at-home routine and attend your biannual cleanings. At the very minimum, you should be brushing at least twice per day for two minutes each time, and flossing daily. You may also rinse with a fluoridated mouthwash and sleep with a mouthguard in place to prevent any teeth grinding that can cause gum recession.
What Can I Do to Treat It?
Each case is unique and the best way to treat gum disease is different for everyone. In less severe cases, a deep cleaning involving root scaling, planing, and antibiotics may be sufficient enough to treat your symptoms. In more serious cases, gum grafts and laser treatments may be required. During your initial consultation, we’ll create a personalized treatment plan to get your oral health back on track.
If gum disease runs in your family, don’t worry! This doesn’t mean you’re destined to have it, too. Make sure you’re attending your routine cleanings and taking ownership of your oral health at home. Schedule your visit with Dental Solutions of Avon today!