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29Sep

Periodontal disease can take a toll on the appearance of your smile as well as your oral health as a whole. The scary thing about periodontal disease is that it often progresses asymptomatically in its earliest stages. That is why Glendale gum disease dentists are here to give you the information you need to protect your smile long-term.  

What causes gum disease?

As a starting point, we should quickly review how gum disease develops. When we use the term “gum disease” we are really talking about a chronic bacterial infection of gum tissue. So, just as your teeth can develop cavities, your gums can be damaged by bacteria. Patients with compromised immune systems, or fluctuating glucose levels are particularly susceptible to developing gum infections. If your diet is high in sugar and refined carbohydrates, you are also putting your smile at risk, as oral bacteria use these substances to grow and multiply.

How I protect my smile from gum disease?

There are a number of steps that you can take to minimize your risk of developing gum disease. It is best to complete a professional consultation with your dental team, so that they can give you specific recommendations, but generally speaking:

  • Limit your consumption of sugar
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Seek treatment for ailments that affect your glucose levels, like diabetes
  • Rinse your smile with water after eating or drinking
  • Floss once a day as directed by the ADA
  • Follow all of your dentist’s recommendations when it comes to at-home dental care
  • Complete professional cleanings semi-annually
  • Consider using a mouth rinse that is designed to kill bacteria

Every patient is unique, which is why our Glendale dentists encourage you to schedule a personal consultation with our team. We are here to help you make a plan that protects your smile from chronic gum disease. Give us a call to get started!

 

 

 

01Sep

Thoroughly cleaning your smile every day will help you minimize the buildup of bacterial plaque and tartar on your teeth and gums. Our Glendale dentists are here to help you make the most of this daily routine. With just a few tweaks, you can take your daily oral hygiene from so-so to superb.

Because we are talking specifically about brushing, let’s start by talking about choosing the right tool for the job. When picking out a toothbrush:

  • Choose one with soft bristles (unless your dentist recommends a firmer bristle)
  • Consider the head of the toothbrush—it should be small enough to reach your back molars
  • Talk to your dentist about whether you might benefit from electric brush or a Waterpik
  • Make sure that you are swapping your brush for a new one on a fairly regular basis (every few months)

Once you have the right tools for the job, you want to review the technique that you are using to clean your smile:

  • Brush for about two minutes every morning and every night before bed
  • Move your toothbrush in small circular motions to “buff away” plaque and dental debris
  • Apply gentle pressures the whole time; when you brush your smile too vigorously you may end up thinning your dental enamel and causing gum tissue to recede
  • Rinse your mouth thoroughly—with water or a mouth rinse—to clear away any last bits of plaque

When you take the time to optimize your daily oral hygiene routine, you help your smile to stay healthy and attractive for years to come. Remember, no one knows your smile better than you do; if you have questions about your personal oral hygiene routine please reach out to our Glendale dentists to get more information and support.