Gingivitis and periodontitis are the stages of gum disease, and they are very harmful for your smile. Gum disease first forms when the plaque on your teeth continues to grow and irritate your gums. Once the gums move away from your teeth and create pockets, the plaque turns into tartar and poisons those areas. Then, as time passes by, the tartar deteriorates the underlying bone and results in loose and lost teeth. Our Smiles Dental team recommends avoiding this disease as much as possible, and we recommend doing so by doing the following things:
Keep up on oral hygiene
Because gum disease develops when plaque remains on your smile, oral hygiene is extremely important. If you brush twice a day, floss once a day, and rinse your mouth daily with mouthwash, most of the plaque will be removed from the surfaces of your teeth each day. So, please keep up on oral hygiene as much as possible.
Attend your dental exams
Your dental cleanings are the only treatment that will help you completely prevent gum disease. This is because our dental team will use special tools to remove the plaque and tartar from the surfaces of your teeth and below the gumline. It’s vital to receive a dental cleaning every six months.
Have a healthy diet
Having a healthy diet will not only help your physical body, but it will also help your oral health. If you eat healthy foods on a regular basis, your teeth will remain strong and they will have the ability to fight dental issues, especially gum disease. So, please try your best to eat more fruits and veggies and stay away from sugary and starchy products.
If you would like more information on how to prevent gum disease in Milwaukie, Oregon, please call 503.342.8500 now and schedule an appointment with Dr. Elizabeth Miller. Your dentist will be more than happy to meet with you, examine your smile, and give you the tips you need to completely prevent gum disease. We look forward to helping you!