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How to Prevent Gum Disease

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Did you know that gum disease is the number one cause of tooth loss in adults? Did you know that gum disease is usually preventable, or reversible if caught early? With that in mind, we want to share some tips on how to prevent gum disease and protect your oral health.

What Is Gum Disease?

Gum disease, or periodontitis, occurs when your gums become infected. Not only can periodontitis lead to tooth and bone loss, it can also have serious implications for your overall health. However, periodontitis doesn’t just develop overnight. Gums generally become inflamed before they become infected. This stage of gum disease is called gingivitis. Fortunately, gingivitis can usually be reversed or avoided with proper preventive care.

How Can I Prevent Gum Disease?

Gum disease occurs when bacterial plaque builds up along your gum line and infects your gums. Proper oral hygiene can help fight against bacteria and plaque. Brush your teeth twice daily for two minutes each time and floss every day to keep both your gums and teeth healthy and strong.

Regular Preventive Dental Visits

In addition to at-home oral hygiene, regular dental checkups and cleanings are an important way to prevent gum disease. Drs. Jason and Rose Greyslak and our team check for signs of gingivitis each time we perform a professional cleaning or dental exam. Visiting our office every six months or so enables us to diagnose and treat any minor issues before they develop into more serious problems.

What Are the Early Warning Signs of Gum Disease?

Recognizing the early warning signs of gingivitis can help you reverse its course. Some of the most obvious signs are gums that are swollen, tender, red, or bleed easily. If you are experiencing any of these signs, then you may be experiencing gingivitis and you should contact us for an appointment right away.

Treating Gum Disease in Corvallis, OR

Our team at Corvallis Dental Group can help you come up with a treatment plan to restore your gums to health. To learn more about gum disease or to schedule your next appointment, call us today!

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