Gingivitis is not just a disease of the mouth; it also has implications that could affect your overall health. That is why you need to do as much as you can to prevent gum disease before it happens. Once you have the earliest signs of gingivitis in Carlsbad, CA, it is time to take further action to treat it before it advances into periodontal disease. Dr. Christopher Henninger screens all of his patients at North County Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry for signs of this disease.
Prevention of gum disease starts at home. The most important action you can take is to regularly brush your teeth at least twice a day. When you brush your teeth, take at least two to three minutes to ensure you get all the bacteria and plaque out of your mouth. Do not forget to floss and follow with an antibacterial mouthwash.
Your diet might also play a role in preventing gingivitis. Avoid sugar as much as possible, especially any sugary drinks. Excessive consumption of starchy and processed foods also might contribute to the problem. This is because bacteria thrive on the sugar in the foods. If you do eat or drink anything with a lot of sugar, drink water to rinse your mouth and brush your teach. Drinking plenty of water helps to rinse your teeth throughout the day, making it hard for the bacteria to get a hold and become plaque.
It is also important to see your dentist regularly to screen for gum disease. Regular deep cleaning by a dental hygienist helps to remove any plaque and tartar from your teeth, reducing any inflammation. If you have the early stages of gum disease, you might also be a candidate for a deeper cleaning.
See Your Dentist to Prevent Disease
One of the best ways to prevent and treat any type of oral hygiene issues, including the early stages of periodontal disease, it to regularly visit your dentist. Call us today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Henninger, who will provide you with the best advice for your situation.