It has been found that about 65 million Americans suffer from gum disease. This study, conducted by the American Academy of Periodontology, highlights how pandemic gum disease is. Gum disease occurs when the gums become inflamed due to plaque, tartar, and other bacteria that collect along and underneath the gum line. This inflammatory disease can lead to tissue and bone loss. However, the good news is that gum disease is incredibly preventable through a combination of good at-home oral hygiene and regular dental visits.
Our dentists focus on providing superior dental care for the gums, teeth, and mouth of patients in the Greensboro, North Carolina area. Their work with patients is geared toward keeping the mouth as healthy as possible so that patients can enjoy beautiful smiles. Because the team at Triad Dentistry is patient-focused, they also provide education to patients so that they know how to keep their mouths healthy. Here are some simple tips you can follow to help keep your mouth healthy.
Both smoking and non-smoking tobacco products are terrible for your oral (and overall) health. The toll these products take on your mouth, teeth, and gums is steep. We highly recommend and encourage you to avoid these products to keep your oral health and overall wellbeing in excellent condition.
An at-home oral hygiene regimen is essential to maintain good dental health. That includes brushing and flossing. It would help if you were brushing at least twice a day by holding the toothbrush at an angle to the gums while brushing your teeth. Don’t forget to floss! Flossing will allow you to remove pesky food particles that get stuck between your teeth and gums. The team at Triad Dentistry recommends flossing before bedtime, and we are happy to provide brushing and flossing tips during your next visit.
It is recommended that you make two dental appointments a year for a routine examination and dental cleaning. These visits allow our oral hygienists to clean any built-up plaque or tartar from your teeth and along your gum line. Additionally, your dentist will be able to perform an examination and detect any oral health issues at an early stage so they can be treated.
Symptoms of gum disease may not be immediately apparent to you, but there are some tell-tale signs. If you spit blood when you brush, you have developed (at the least) gingivitis. Other symptoms include
If you notice any of these symptoms, you should reach out to our office to schedule an appointment. To reach our friendly team here at Triad Dentistry, please call (336) 383-1482 to make an appointment with one of our dentists.