Creating Healthy Habits

It takes more than cosmetic upkeep to maintain a beautiful smile. Taking care of your gums is a significant part of maintaining oral health. Our gums play a critical role in protecting our teeth and the bones that hold them in place. Gum (periodontal) disease is one of the leading causes of tooth loss, so investing time in the care of your gums now can set you up for success in the future.

 

Plaque, a bacteria-breeding film, can build-up along the gumline and lead to gum disease. If your gums are inflamed or swollen, or if you see small amounts of blood when brushing your teeth, you may be developing gingivitis, an early sign of gum disease. It is important to get regular cleanings to reduce plaque and keep your gums in good condition.

 

While some factors like diabetes and tobacco use can increase your odds of gum disease, your odds also increase over time. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that almost half of people under the age of 30 have some form of periodontal disease. 

 

Here are some ways you can decrease your risk of periodontal disease:

 

  1. Brush your teeth twice daily, and if not able to brush following meals, use mouthwash or rinse with water. Be sure to use with fluoride.
  2. Floss daily! Flossing greatly reduces plaque, and a build-up of plaque can turn into tartar, which is a hard substance that can only be removed by a dentist.
  3. Get regular professional cleanings.
  4. Quit smoking - smokers are at higher risk of periodontal disease due to weakened immune systems.

 

Regular visits with Dr. Kiai and the team at Encino Dental Esthetics can help maintain a gorgeous (and healthy) smile. 

Author
Kaivan Kiai DDS

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