Maintaining your gum health is vital to your overall health. When you visit our office for an examination, our trained hygienists perform a periodontal exam. In fact, during your examination, our team is quietly assessing your oral health by performing a number of checks. Here’s what you need to know about periodontal disease.
Many Names, One Illness
You may have heard periodontal disease referred to as gum
disease or gingivitis. Periodontal disease is the inflammation and infection of
your gums. These names are frequently used interchangeably.
Signs & Symptoms
Periodontal disease may be marked by swollen and red gums.
Bleeding, especially while brushing and flossing, may also occur. Another
symptom of periodontal disease is persistent bad breath. If you experience any
of these symptoms regularly, please contact our office.
Can Impact Your Overall Health
Your gum health is linked to your overall health. If left
untreated, periodontal disease can lead to bleeding gums, gum recession, and
tooth loss. The effects of periodontal disease extend well beyond your mouth.
In fact, according to the American Academy of Periodontology, the disease can
increase your risk of developing heart disease, diabetes, and stroke.
While you may think of your teeth as the primary reason to
visit our office for a regular examination, understand that our team is looking
beyond your teeth to assess your oral health and potential impacts on your
overall health. Talk to our experienced team if you experience any signs or
symptoms of periodontal disease. Our team is trained to identify signs of
periodontal disease. When detected early and managed properly, periodontal
disease is treatable.
For more information regarding your gum health, please contact our office, or schedule a visit to see us.
Do you brush your teeth after lunch? If you’re one of the millions of people who work outside the home, chances are you don’t have the time or resources to brush during the day. However, not being able to brush doesn’t mean you can’t protect your teeth at work.
Grab a drink of water. When you finish eating, get a drink of water. Swish the water around in your mouth, then spit or swallow it. Water helps to remove small particles of food that can remain on your teeth after your meal or snack.
Chew sugarless gum. There are certain types of sugarless gum that are approved by the American Dental Association (ADA) as good for your oral health. The reason for this is that chewing stimulates the production of saliva in your mouth. That saliva washes away food particles and helps to neutralize acids on your teeth.
Limit time drinking coffee or soda. Coffee, soda, tea, and many other beverages contain high levels of sugars and acids. The more time you spend sipping your drink, the longer your teeth are exposed to these sources of decay. Instead of spending an hour taking small swallows, drink quickly to limit exposure, then rinse your mouth or switch to water to help counteract the effects.
Brush and floss when you can. Try to keep to a regular routine of good oral hygiene practices when you are at home. Brush at least twice daily, for two full minutes each time. Floss or use an interdental cleaner of your choice once a day. Keep your recommended appointments to have your teeth cleaned and evaluated by our team.
Taking care of your teeth doesn’t have to interrupt your workday. Keeping these simple tips in mind can help protect your mouth from tooth decay, periodontal disease, and other oral health issues.
To learn more ways to preserve your oral health, talk to our team during your visit. Contact our office to schedule your next appointment today.
Chantilly Dentist, PC
3910 Centreville Rd #200, Chantilly, VA 20151
Dentist in Chantilly
Teeth whitening may be a great option if you who have stained, dull or discolored teeth. The main causes of stained teeth are genetics, antibiotics, tobacco and certain foods. As we age, our teeth darken as well.
Our dental team is devoted to helping you achieve and maintain a beautiful and healthy smile. If you are considering teeth whitening, contact our Chantilly dentist for a consultation.