Tips for Treating Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease, or gum disease, is a serious condition that can lead to tooth loss, the loss of bone density in your jaw, and recurrent gum and deep-tissue infections that can have an overall impact on your health. The only recommended treatment is regular periodontal cleanings, along with gum and sometimes bone-replacement surgeries to help counteract the damage. While these treatment options are necessary, there are things you can do at home to further manage the disease so that you can help maintain your periodontal health as much as possible. The following tips can help.

Tip #1: Floss twice daily

Plaque is the main cause of periodontal disease. It builds up on the tooth surface and just beneath the gumline, causing a gap that allows bacteria to get under the gums and to cause an infection. Although regular brushing helps alleviate plaque on tooth surfaces, it doesn't do much around the gum line. Flossing can remove this plaque buildup when it is performed regularly. Floss in the morning after breakfast and again right before bed.

Tip #2: Use an anti-microbial mouthwash

Your mouthwash choice can further help cut down on the infection-causing bacteria in your mouth. Anti-microbial mouthwashes are stronger than anti-bacterial washes when it comes to killing any harmful microorganisms that are causing infection in your gums. These mouthwashes are not available over the counter. Your dentist or primary-care physician will need to prescribe one to you. Follow all dosage recommendations, since this is a prescription medication.

Tip #3: Cut down on plaque-causing food

Some foods are more likely to cause plaque buildup than others. As a general rule, any starchy foods, including those made from white flour and refined sugar, are more likely to coat the teeth and fuel plaque formation. The sugars in these foods feed plaque-causing bacteria. This doesn't mean you need to skip these foods completely. Simply eat less of them and always plan to brush and floss after consumption of any possibly damaging food item.

Tip #4: Skip the tobacco

Tobacco use can also speed up the process of gum disease. This is because nicotine limits blood circulation, and this has a negative effect on healing. If your gum tissues can't fight off bacteria properly, you can get periodontal disease. Simply reducing or quitting tobacco consumption can go a long way towards improving your body's natural defenses against gum disease.

For more help, contact a dental professional, such as one from The Family Dentist, in your area.

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FAQs About Pregnancy and Dental Health

During pregnancy, expectant mothers have to deal with a host of changes to their bodies. I was surprised to learn that part of those changes is to your dental health. I was not aware that hormonal changes could mean an increased risk of gum infection and other dental problems. Luckily for me, my dentist was prepared to handle any problems that I experienced during my pregnancy. I created this blog to help other expectant mothers understand the changes that their dental health could experience throughout their pregnancies and the possible ramifications those changes could have on their pregnancies and the health of their unborn children.



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