Everyone’s risks for developing gum disease are different depending on a wide variety of factors. For instance, some patients may have certain medical conditions or genetic predispositions that might make them more susceptible to the disease. However, for most patients in Encinitas/San Diego, the risks of gum disease can be largely mitigated (or eliminated) with just a few conscientious choices about their dental hygiene and daily routines. With a stronger focus on keeping their smiles healthy, most patients have a good chance at avoiding gum disease altogether.
Being better at dental hygiene
Good dental hygiene is your first defense against any dental health issue. That’s because such issues (including gum disease) develop from the accumulation of plaque and tartar – biofilms that harbor hundreds of different types of oral bacteria. Many of these bacteria types are harmful, and some of them particularly target your gums. By consistently brushing and flossing your teeth at least twice a day, you can control this accumulation and prevent bacteria from affecting your gum tissues.
Not smoking/chewing tobacco
Tobacco use is one of the most prominent risk factors in developing gum disease, as well as oral cancer and a host of other chronic, potentially fatal health conditions. If you smoke or chew tobacco, it’s almost guaranteed that you’ll develop gum disease sooner or later, even with consistent preventive care with your dentist or periodontist. The only way to avoid that risk is to abstain from using tobacco in any form.
Visiting your dentist regularly
While these methods can lower your risks of gum disease to some degree, the only way to truly prevent it is to allow your dentist or oral health expert to routinely clean and inspect your teeth and gums. Generally, you should attend a checkup and cleaning appointment at least once every six months, or more frequently if your dentist recommends it.
Learn more about your gum disease risks
Preventing gum disease requires recognizing your biggest risk factors and making sure to address them before it’s too late. For more information, schedule a consultation with Dr. Kania by calling her periodontal office in Encinitas/San Diego, CA, at (760) 642-0711.