Simple, at home procedures can help prevent gum disease for Indianapolis area residents
Untreated gum disease is not just an oral heath risk, there have also been numerous studies linking it to an increased risk of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Oral health can be used as a gauge for your overall wellbeing, which is why taking the time for proper preventative care of your mouth is extremely important for your health.
Are you at risk for developing gum disease?
There is a myth that gum disease only affects the elderly, when, in fact, gum disease can affect nearly anyone. The more aware you are of the symptoms and risk factors the better chance you have of identifying the disease early when it’s most treatable.
- Children are at risk to developing gum disease, although it is more common in adults.
- Smokers are at an increased risk for developing gum disease. In fact, it is one of the number one risk factors.
- Those who take certain medications including some antidepressants, oral-contraceptives, or heart medicines.
- A poor diet high in sugar and lacking proper nutrition can put you at risk.
- People with systemic disease such as diabetes, heart disease, and rheumatoid arthritis.
It is worth noting that even if you have received treatment for gum disease once does not leave you immune to getting it again.
Preventative care to reduce risk of gum disease
By following a few pretty straightforward procedures at home, you can reduce your risk for gum disease drastically. First, make sure to keep your twice yearly dental appointments, which allows us to thoroughly clean the teeth and monitor them for any early signs of disease. Also, be sure to brush and floss daily to eliminate plaque and tartar build-up. And while many people feel like they practice good oral hygiene at home, it’s worth emphasizing the following:
- Brush your teeth for at least two minutes each time
- Floss every evening
- Rinse your mouth after snacking if you are unable to brush
- Eat a well-balanced diet
At Washington Street Dentistry, we believe that arming our patients with information about proper oral care will greatly reduce their risks of gum disease. Of course, if you develop gum disease, we do offer treatment options to help restore health quickly. For more information, call us today at (317) 333-6788.