Gum disease is often painless and progresses very gradually so many people don’t even realize they have a problem until it is in the advanced stages. However, gum disease can pose a very real threat to your oral health and even put you at risk for other serious health problems. In fact, gum disease is linked to infection, stroke, heart disease, kidney damage, diabetes and even preterm birth, in addition to the risk of tooth loss.
A good oral hygiene routine is the foundation for preventing gum disease, but simply brushing and flossing may not be enough to stave off periodontal disease. Here are some tips to improve your chances of avoiding this dangerous problem:
- Brush for a full two to three minutes
- Brush at least twice a day and preferably after each meal.
- Brush along the gum line at a 45 degree angle.
- Floss daily to remove particles and plaque from between the teeth.
- Add a mouth rinse to your routine to further reduce plaque.
- Avoid highly acidic beverages and foods.
- Avoid tobacco use of any kind.
Even if you follow all of these tips, the early stages of gum disease can be hard to spot. That’s why it’s so important to visit our Jersey City dentists for regularly scheduled dental cleanings. During these appointments, Dr. Frank and his team will evaluate the health of your gums and recommend any necessary treatments to ensure gum disease is treated before it progresses to an advanced stage.
To schedule your next dental checkup, please contact the Practice at Maxwell Place using the form at the right side of the page or call 201-792-9400 today. Dr. Frank DePaola serves patients in Hoboken, Jersey City and throughout Hudson County, New Jersey.