Discover Why We Love February
Now that February has arrived, we know many of our patients are planning to celebrate Valentine’s Day with their loved ones. We have another important event that we recognize in February — Gum Disease Awareness Month. You may be surprised to learn that approximately half of American adults suffer from some form of gum disease. Although this disease is common, it can be preventable. Read on to learn ways that you can combat gum disease.
What is Gum Disease?
We stress the importance of routine hygiene examinations to not only clean the teeth and inspect for tooth decay but to also look for signs of gum disease. Unfortunately, gum disease affects approximately half of American adults, so there is a good chance that you or a loved one may experience the effects of this disease during your lifetime. Gum disease is a serious gum infection, accompanied by inflammation, caused by bacterial growth along the gumline and around the base of the tooth.
Ways to Prevent Gum Disease
Although gum disease is common, it can be prevented. Aside from routine hygiene examinations where we will thoroughly remove any lingering plaque from along the gumline, the best way to prevent gum disease is to remain diligent with your oral hygiene routine. This includes not only brushing thoroughly for two minutes twice a day, but it also includes using dental floss at least once per day. Dental floss is needed to help remove any lingering food and bacteria that remains trapped between the teeth and along the gumline. Mouthwash can also be a helpful tool that can be used after brushing and flossing.
It is also important to quit bad habits such as smoking. Smoking and using tobacco products greatly increase your chances of developing gum disease as well as other concerning illnesses such as oral cancer. Smoking increases your risk of developing an infection in your gums and it also decreases your gums ability to heal quickly.
If you are in need of a hygiene examination or are experiencing an issue with your oral health, be sure to contact our office located in Phoenix, AZ. We look forward to seeing you soon!