Preventing Periodontal Disease services cliffside park, fort lee, edgewater & nearby bergen county NJ & NY

The key to preventing periodontal disease is to stop gingivitis, which is its predecessor. No patient develops periodontal disease without first developing gingivitis. Periodontal disease is simply a more advanced condition, which threatens the health of the teeth and gums. The mouth is full of bacteria, and these bacteria will combine with particles and mucus to create a clear, sticky substance which is referred to as plaque.

Preventing Periodontal Disease

Dentists recommend regular brushing and flossing to get rid of plaque. When this advice is not heeded the plaque will harden and create a substance called tartar. Tartar is much stronger than plaque and can only be removed through professional dental cleaning. A patient that does not receive professional cleaning will gradually develop gingivitis, which results from the bacteria in the mouth causing inflammation in the gums. During this time the patient may notice their gums are red and bleed often.

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Periodontal Disease Prevention | FAQ

Is medication alone sufficient to prevent periodontal disease?

Medication alone will not be sufficient. A patient will need to brush, floss, and use mouthwash daily, and should also visit their dentist for professional cleaning.

What should I expect when I visit a dental office for a periodontal checkup?

One of the best ways to prevent periodontal disease is to detect gingivitis. Visiting the dentist regularly for checkups and cleanings will help you to detect and resolve the problem before it progresses. The dentist will examine your teeth both visually and with an X-ray.

What are some other changes I can make to prevent periodontal disease?

Avoiding smoking and making changes to your diet will go a long way towards preventing periodontal disease. Avoid sugary, acidic drinks and food that damage your teeth and eat lots of fruit and vegetables. Drink lots of water.

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