bonura periodontal diseaseDid you know that studies conducted by the Centers for Disease Control show half of US adults over 30 suffer from periodontal disease? Despite the disease’s widespread nature, you can take steps to protect your smile from the onset of gum disease. Doing so helps protect your gums, as well as the stability of your teeth. How do you prevent gum disease?

Try Our Gum Disease Prevention Quiz

  1. True or False: A cleaning can help prevent periodontal disease.
  2. True or False: Brushing and flossing can protect your smile from gingivitis.
  3. True or False: Sore and red gums are a warning sign of gum problems.
  4. True or False: Without treatment you can suffer from adult tooth loss.

Answer Key

  1. True. Gum disease can develop as a result of inflammation. Plaque buildup, which accumulates on the teeth when bacteria break down food particles, can lead to inflammation. A dental cleaning is the only way to completely remove plaque and tartar from the teeth. You should have one once every six months. In addition, a cleaning also combats bad breath and helps brighten teeth.
  2. True. While a cleaning can remove plaque completely, brushing and flossing can reduce the severity of plaque between visits. To protect your smile from periodontal disease you should brush your teeth twice a day and floss every night before going to bed.
  3. True. If you notice soreness in your gums, a redder appearance than usual, or bleeding when you brush and floss, you should talk to your dentist. The doctor can examine your smile and see if you need treatment for gingivitis or periodontal disease.
  4. True. Eventually, gum disease can reach an advanced stage known as periodontitis. At this point, the connective tissue between the teeth and gums can deteriorate, leading to loose teeth and eventually, a high risk of adult tooth loss.