Hearing that you have gum disease can be upsetting. At Staten Island Dental Care, we’re committed to preventing it in all our patients. Gum disease isn’t as common as it once was, but it still happens. If you discover that you already have gum disease, don’t despair. We can help.
Symptoms of Gum Disease
Swollen, tender gums
Bad breath that won’t go away
Loose adult teeth
The single most important thing you can do to prevent gum disease is to brush and floss every day. You should brush at least twice and floss at least once.
It may not be as prevalent as it once was, but when it happens, gum disease must be taken seriously. Studies suggest that inflammation from severe gum disease is linked to an increased risk of stroke and heart disease.
Gum disease can also increase your risk of pneumonia.
Steps for Healing or Preventing Gum Disease
Brush at least twice a day – morning and night
Use a fluoride toothpaste
Floss at least once a day
Visit the dentist for regular check-ups and cleanings
Avoid between-meal snacking
Avoid tobacco products
Gum disease has a way of sneaking up on you. Regular check-ups and consistent, thorough oral hygiene are essential for preventing it. Gum disease can be successfully treated, but avoiding it is best.
At Staten Island Dental Care, we take a special interest in healthy gums. Our office also provides a range of other services, including smile makeovers, cosmetic dentistry, and for our patients with dental anxiety, sedation dentistry.
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