Perio and Building the Foundation of Good Oral Health
Periodontal health is a key building block to good oral health. The gums are inextricably linked to the teeth, as they support bone structure and provide the foundation for tooth roots. Gums also serve as a barrier between harmful bacteria, blocking them from entering the bloodstream and leading to inflammation and a range of health issues.
In its most serious form, periodontitis, periodontal disease can result in gums being pulled away from the tooth. This results in increased sensitivity and exposed nerves, bone density being lost, and even loosening teeth that may fall out without the necessary medical attention. Perio disease is one of the largest threats to dental health, which is why it's fundamental that patients understand the risk factors, signs, and symptoms, and how to take care of their gums and oral health to prevent it in the first place.
Avoiding Periodontal Disease with Good Oral Health Habits
The good news is that periodontal disease is highly preventable. Recognizing the early indications that something is awry is key to reversing the condition before it becomes more serious. The first stage of periodontitis is called gingivitis. Keep an eye out for early signs of gum disease, which include:
- Swollen and puffy gums
- Increased sensitivity to hot or cold items
- Bleeding gums after brushing
- Gum tenderness when touched
- Bad breath that isn't ameliorated by brushing
The best way to treat periodontal disease is to avoid it altogether. Dentists recommend brushing twice a day, cleaning between the teeth with floss, and rinsing with an antimicrobial mouthwash. A healthy, well-balanced diet of nutritious whole foods can also boost oral health. Vitamin C helps to keep connective tissues healthy and prevent a deficiency from leading to irritation.
Individuals who smoke are at two times the risk of developing gum disease. Upon the onset of the disease, treatments are shown to be less effective on those who smoke. It's highly recommended that patients quit smoking or at minimum, reduce their habits as much as possible.
Scheduling an appointment with your dental provider every six months can help prevent periodontal disease signs from going unnoticed. Dentists are trained in recognizing early indicators, which can make a significant difference in terms of the prognosis and the recommended course of treatment.
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Our team at SmilesNY is dedicated to helping our patients prevent oral health disease and manage their gum health. Through education and treatment options, we can help you take back your smile and escape from the painful inflammation and tenderness that can be caused by periodontal disease. Dr. Timothy Chase and Dr. Steven Roth are located in Manhattan, NY and Dr. Loshak is versed in periodontal treatment methods that tackle gum disease symptoms.