If you want to protect yourself against potentially serious oral health issues, you should take care to keep your gums safe from infection. As important as it is to avoid the formation of cavities, gingivitis and periodontal disease can lead to notable long-term consequences. One of those consequences is tooth loss – complications from infection actually lead all other causes of this problem. At our Encinitas/San Diego, CA periodontal practice, Dr. Kania is prepared to help patients by diagnosing problems with gum disease, and by taking action to address them. We can perform preventive periodontal treatments to help control infections, and when necessary we can make plans to perform more advanced services to protect your gums. As important as it is to have access to professional periodontal care, remember that your daily habits are your first line of defense against problems!
1. Maintaining A Habit Of Tobacco Use
If you continue to smoke or use smokeless tobacco, you will make yourself more likely to develop problems with periodontal disease. Smoking can make a person more likely to develop a periodontal infection, just as it can create problems with teeth stains and interfere with your physical health. If you continue to develop issues with gingivitis, dropping this habit can make your oral hygiene routine more effective.
2. Leaving Flossing Out Of Your Oral Hygiene Routine
Good oral hygiene should protect your teeth and gums from the various problems to which they are vulnerable. One mistake people often make is assuming that they can fully protect their smile by brushing alone. Flossing actually plays an important role in protecting your smile by clearing away bacteria between teeth, including those microbes that gather at the base of the teeth and create problems with infection.
3. Skipping Regular Dental Exams
Before your periodontal problems are serious enough to require advanced care, they can be identified by a general dentist. Through scheduled preventive care, patients are kept safe from complications with their periodontal health that can require more involved work, including work with lasers to address gum disease. If your dentist has observed problems with your gums that are serious enough to require a second opinion, we can provide an evaluation and determine what can be done to properly resolve your troubles.
Talk To Your Encinitas/San Diego, CA Periodontist About Preventing Gum Disease
At our periodontal practice in the Encinitas/San Diego, CA area, Dr. Kania is prepared to help patients control problems with periodontal disease. Our office can also work with you if you need more information about your periodontal health, or if you require treatment to address issues like tooth loss. By taking the health of your gums seriously, you can avoid trouble that impacts your appearance and general health! If you would like to learn more about our practice and services, please contact our periodontal office in Encinitas/San Diego, CA, today at (760) 642-0711.