As we mature, brushing regularly may not be enough to prevent gingivitis and periodontal disease. Know the factors that contribute to this often overlooked disease, which usually affects middle-aged individuals. Gum disease can be painful, and if untreated, leads to loss of teeth. Take care with your brushing and flossing habits and make sure you see the dentist regularly to avoid gum disease.
Types of Gum Disease
Untreated gingivitis can advance to periodontitis and can eventually lead to tooth loss and other health problems. Gingivitis is the mildest form of periodontal disease, causing gums to become red, swollen and bleed easily. At this stage, there is usually little or no discomfort. It can be reversed when treated with professional dentistry and good oral home care.
Preventing Gum Disease
Several habits and factors contribute to gum disease. So if your lifestyle is contributing to bad oral health, it is time to make some changes and seek treatment.
Smoking, aging, genetic predisposition, systemic diseases and conditions, stress, inadequate nutrition, certain medications, puberty, hormonal fluctuations, pregnancy, substance abuse and HIV infection can contribute to the development of gum disease.
You can reverse gingivitis and your potential for more serious gum disease- which can lead to more serious health concerns – by making sure you maintain good oral hygiene consistently at home and seeing the dentist.
- Don’t go to bed without brushing
- Brush properly
- Don’t forget your tongue
- Use a fluoride toothpaste
- Floss regularly
- Consider mouthwash
Your physician may advise you to quit smoking and assess your overall health and quality of life in an effort to stem the tide of gum disease; which can lead to tooth loss. We treat the whole person and see the way a patient’s ailments affect her overall health. Come in for a checkup to stay healthy and combat preventable disease. Call us today at (305) 603-7824.
Family Medical Clinic Kendall is an inner-city health clinic in Miami. Treating families is our life’s work and passion. We treat you like family because we care about the residents who live in the community that is home to our clinic. We provide Primary Care medical services, in addition to many other services. Make an appointment today or come in during walk-in hours for caring healthcare. We are open late and no appointment is required. Located at 9000 SW 137th Avenue, Suite 111, in Miami, we offer a Walk-In Clinic, Urgent Care and a Lab & Diagnostics. Call us today at (305) 603-7824 to find out how we can help.