Once you develop gum disease, there is no cure. You will need to manage the disease to avoid the advanced stages that often lead to tooth loss and severe discomfort. However, with preventive care, we help patients in North Hollywood, CA, maintain optimal oral health and avoid gum problems.
First, you may benefit from preventive dental care at our office. For example, every six months we suggest patients of all ages have their teeth examined and cleaned. The exam allows us to obtain a detailed view of your oral health, pinpointing problems in the earliest stages. We then recommend treatment to address problems before they advance. The cleaning removes all plaque and tartar from the teeth, which helps prevent the initial gum inflammation that may lead to periodontal disease. If we see signs indicating a high risk of gum disease, you may benefit from visits every three to four months.
Brushing and Flossing
While brushing and flossing cannot remove plaque buildup, they can limit how much develops in between your dental cleaning visits. You should brush your teeth for two minutes twice a day. But take care not to brush too hard, as this could damage gums and increase the risk of recession. You also need to floss every night before bed, as this removes the food particles caught between the teeth that lie close to the gum tissue. Common warning signs of gum problems include sore, red gums that bleed easily. If you begin to notice these symptoms, then contact our team today.
Bad Habits to Watch For
Did you know that smoking and tobacco use increases the risk of gum disease? We suggest you avoid tobacco use to help protect your gums and reduce your risk of developing oral cancer and other cancers. If you have any questions about protecting your gums, or if you’re ready to schedule your next visit, then contact our team today.
Do You Have Sore or Bleeding Gums?
With preventive care, we can help you avoid the onset of periodontal problems! For more information, schedule a consultation by calling Modern Smile in North Hollywood, CA, today at 818-763-9353. We also proudly serve patients who live in Burbank, Toluca Lake, and all surrounding communities.