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Preventing Gum Disease

Preventing Gum DiseasePeriodontal disease often has few noticeable symptoms in its earliest stages. Gingivitis, which is generally considered to be the first stage of periodontal disease, may cause puffy-looking gums, inflammation and bleeding. As the condition progresses, it can lead to pockets of infection along the gumline, receding gums and tooth and bone loss. Gum disease is extremely preventable, however. Our expert in periodontal treatments in Torrance explains how you can keep your smile healthier.

For most of us, preventing periodontal disease is as simple as maintaining good dental hygiene. The American Dental Association recommends brushing twice a day with a soft-bristled brush and fluoride toothpaste. You should also floss or use an interdental cleaner at least once a day. Visiting us every six months can help you stay on track and keep your teeth cleaner and healthier. Eating a well-balanced diet is also important for preventing periodontal disease. Tobacco use is strongly associated with gum disease, so kicking the habit can keep your gums healthier.

Some patients have genetic factors that can increase their risk of periodontal disease. These patients may need more active management that can include using antimicrobial mouthwashes and more frequent dental cleaning.

We may recommend one or several treatment options that include scaling and root planing, a deep cleaning procedure that removes tartar and plaque from above and below the gumline, for those who have gum disease. If you have any symptoms of periodontal disease, we can help. Contact our Torrance dentist today to schedule your consultation.

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