Our Virginia Beach, VA dentist’s office encourages patients to focus on more than just the condition of their teeth. Your long-term dental health, and your general health, can be negatively impacted by periodontal problems. One way to protect yourself against complications from periodontal disease is to respond quickly if you observe symptoms of gingivitis. If it is not managed properly, gingivitis can worsen in time. The more advanced infection, known as periodontitis, can lead to a higher risk for tooth loss as well as a greater risk for problems that influence your general well-being. Fortunately, the right preventive care can stop issues with gingivitis before they can grow more concerning.
Make Sure You Floss On A Regular Basis!
Your periodontal infection may occur because you have not been flossing on a consistent basis. By not flossing, you put your smile at risk because of bacteria buildup between teeth. To make sure you are safe against infection, you should take care to bring your floss string all the way down to the base of your teeth. When you do so, you can fight the buildup of plaque and tartar at your gum line that can cause infections.
Spend More Time Brushing To Make Sure You Fully Clean Your Smile
In the course of brushing your teeth, you should take care to remove any bacteria present at your gum line. Are you doing a good job of cleaning every area of your smile, including at the base of teeth? Make sure you are giving yourself a thorough cleaning by brushing for at least two minutes. If you think two minutes is more time than you typically spend on brushing, you can use a timer to develop a feel for how long you should spend on daily oral care. This can also be good for preventing problems that might call for dental fillings and dental crowns, particularly in areas that are harder to reach (and therefore easier to ignore).
Your Dentist Provides Can Provide A Targeted Periodontal Cleaning
At regular dental examinations, your dentist is looking closely for signs of oral as well as periodontal problems. If periodontal problems are identified, they can recommend a focused cleaning to remove bacteria from beneath your gum tissues. This process can stop gingivitis and help you regain a healthy smile, and it can be part of a plan to deal with more advanced gum disease.
Your Virginia Beach, VA Dentist Has Experience Treating Patients With Gingivitis
If symptoms of gingivitis are ignored, complications that affect your general and oral health can occur. Our Virginia Beach, VA dentist’s office has helped many people in our community to protect their periodontal as well as their general health. To find out more about our services, call Absolute Dental Care at (757) 428-7440.