Gum disease is the number one cause of tooth loss in the United States, maintains the CDC. Would you like to avoid this oral health problem and the systemic impact it often has? At Kuhn Family Dentistry in Reno, NV, your dentist, Dr. Melinda Kuhn, and her caring team can show you ways to prevent this damaging infection--saving your teeth and protecting your overall well-being.
What causes gum disease?
Also called periodontitis, gum disease really is an infection of the soft tissues which support and nourish your teeth and their supporting bone structure. Overrun with Strep bacteria from toxic plaque and tartar, your gums begin to bleed, swell and become tender.
Although the American Dental Association (ADA) says most adults who have gum disease do not have obvious signs, many do. The symptoms include:
- Untreatable bad breath
- Receding gum tissue
- Puffy, red, bleeding gums
- Loose teeth
- Changes in dental bite
- Expanding gum pockets, or sulci, which uncover tooth roots
While some people naturally seem more prone to gum disease than others, poor oral hygiene appears to be the biggest cause along with a diet low in fiber, alcohol intake and cigarette smoking.
Can you prevent gum disease?
Largely, you can, and your Reno, NV, dentist wants to help. Here's what the team at Kuhn Family Dentistry recommends as the best gum disease preventatives:
- Brush your teeth two times daily with a soft brush and a good quality, low-abrasion fluoride toothpaste.
- Floss once a day between your teeth and at the gums to remove bacteria-filled plaque.
- See Dr. Kuhn and your hygienist every six months for a prophylactic cleaning and examination. A gentle tooth scaling works wonders for your gum health.
- Never ignore gum bleeding or pain--even a little bit. These are abnormal findings.
- Use an anti-plaque mouth rinse as needed.
- Stay hydrated, and increase your intake of fresh fruits and vegetables.
- Stop smoking, and limit how much alcohol you drink. Watch your stress level, too.
Healthy gums, healthy smile, healthy you
They go together. So, please take care of both your teeth and your gums. For a full evaluation of your periodontal health, please contact your dentist, Dr. Melinda Kuhn at Kuhn Family Dentistry in Reno, NV. We want all our patients to have the best oral health they possibly can. Phone us at (775) 829-9331.