How Do I Prevent Gum Disease?

Gum disease and tooth decay are invisible and largely painless when they first start, but left untreated will always result in the loss of your teeth. It is important to maintain a strong relationship with your Dental health provider. Regular dental checkups are important to evaluate current radiographs, to recognize clinical signs and symptoms of periodontal disease and to evaluate current Oral Hygiene techniques. Especially, if you have a family history of Periodontal disease, a Comprehensive Periodontal Evaluation should be completed at least one time per year. During this type of exam, each tooth is evaluated for periodontal pocketing (probing depths of 5mm or greater), mobility, recession, Furcation involvement, occlusal discrepancies, and radiographic bone loss/ defects.

I encourage patients to brush twice per day, in the morning upon getting up and in the evening before going to bed and to use floss at least one time per day. Oral rinses or irrigators are also good adjuncts.