One of the biggest risks to your oral health—and your systemic health—is gum disease . It is the leading cause of tooth loss and can also contribute to heart disease, cause pregnancy complications, and exacerbate high blood glucose levels in people with diabetes. There are several steps you can take daily that help to reduce your chances of developing gum disease and experiencing the associated complications. Here is what you need to know.
Be Conscientious About Your Oral Hygiene
The most effective thing you can do to reduce your risk of gum disease is to brush and floss your teeth twice a day. Gum disease occurs when plaque and bacteria form along your gums and turn into tartar that can’t be removed with home care. As a result, your gums can become inflamed and infected. Brushing and flossing removes the majority of plaque and bacteria from your teeth and gums before it can become tartar and before it can feed an infection in your gums. If you’re unsure how to create a good oral hygiene routine for your needs, talk to your dentist.
See Your Dentist Every Six Months
During twice-yearly dental checkups , your dentist will remove tartar that is on your teeth, so it can’t cause gum disease. He or she will also examine your gums and look for signs of disease. If you do have gum disease, it is much easier to treat in early stages, before it can cause problems with your roots and jawbone. Seeing your dentist regularly means he or she can catch these problems before they can become worse.
Control Your Existing Health Problems
Some health problems, such as diabetes, can increase your risk of gum disease. Managing chronic health conditions can reduce the odds of developing gum disease and slow down its progression if you do develop it. Make sure your dentist is up to date on your health history, so he or she can make the right treatment decisions for your needs.
Allan D. Weimer, DDS has been providing compassionate, comprehensive dental care in Steamboat Springs for more than 30 years. Whether you need a simple checkup or more extensive care, make an appointment with Dr. Weimer by calling (970) 879-4290.