3 Issues That Can Make You Vulnerable To Periodontal Disease

While gingivitis is something you can prevent with good oral hygiene habits, and something that your general dentist can help you address, periodontal disease can be more difficult to manage. As an infection worsens, it can become a long-term issue, one that can lead to tooth loss as well as other unwelcome issues. Our Encinitas/San Diego, CA periodontal practice offers services to help people fight periodontal disease. We can also provide helpful information if you have questions about your periodontal health, and can even offer Perio Protect to help you better fight harmful bacteria that cause gum disease at home.

1. Smoking (Or The Use Of Other Tobacco Products)

Your vulnerability to several health issues can increase when you smoke cigarettes or use other tobacco products. One thing you should be aware of is how tobacco products make you more vulnerable to gum disease. Removing these habits from your life can help you avoid periodontal problems. It can also help reduce your risk for developing teeth stains, and make you less likely to experience potentially serious health issues like oral cancer.

2. Poor Oral Hygiene Habits

Simply put, poor daily hygiene habits leave you at a disadvantage when it comes to preventing the buildup of bacteria that can cause gingivitis. You should floss at least once a day, and brush at least twice. Both services help you avoid difficulties with gum disease. With that said, to make these routines more supportive for your periodontal health, make sure you diligently clean at the base of your teeth during every session.

3. Ignoring The Symptoms Of Gingivitis

If you are not checking your gums for signs of gingivitis, you can fail to recognize when an infection first forms. An infection that is not treated in time can progress in severity, making your condition more difficult to manage. Look out for issues like gums that bleed easily, tissues that appear swollen or discolored, and problems with bad breath. At regular dental exams, your dentist can check for signs of gingivitis. Our practice can also provide feedback about the state of your gums. We also offer preventive services like scaling and root planing, which can target the bacteria below your gum line and stop an infection from progressing.

Dr. Kania Can Help You Protect Your Gums

If you are not taking your periodontal health seriously, you can make yourself vulnerable to an infection that harms your overall health and raises your risk for tooth loss! In addition to providing advanced services for those already struggling with periodontal disease, we can provide preventive care and diagnostic reviews to keep you better informed about the state of your gums. To find out more, please call Dr. Kania’s office in Encinitas/San Diego, CA, at (760) 642-0711.