Periodontal Disease Prevention Starts with Consistent Oral Hygiene Habits

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Periodontal disease is an all-too-common affliction affecting the gum health of millions of Americans each year. Early symptoms, such as red or inflamed gums that bleed easily during brushing and flossing, should not be ignored. This early stage of periodontal disease, which is known as gingivitis, can often be treated with a thorough dental cleaning at Advantage Dentists. You can then prevent further periodontal infection with a consistent and effective daily oral hygiene routine.
Even if you aren’t experiencing periodontal disease symptoms, you should still not be lax with your oral hygiene routine. Brushing your teeth twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush helps clean the faces and contours of your teeth. The American Dental Association also recommends flossing your teeth once each day. This is best done in the evening after you are done eating for the day.
To thoroughly clean between your teeth and along the gumline requires special focus and technique. Once you have inserted the floss, you should curve it into a semi-circle. Then you should work the strand up and down, making sure to also work the floss into the gumline. Then you should advance the floss a fraction of an inch and repeat the same motion for the other tooth. As you clean the space between each tooth, you should also make sure to floss behind each of your rear molars.
Attending your routine dental checkup with Dr. Sula Umansky is also critical for periodontal disease prevention. This includes a thorough dental cleaning that removes all traces of tartar from your teeth while monitoring the health of your gums.
If you live in the Katy, Texas, area and you are concerned about the health of your gums, you should call 281-829-5000 to schedule a checkup at Advantage Dentists.