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PREVENTING GUM DISEASE

The control of plaque is the key to maintaining periodontal health

PERIODONTAL DISEASE IS USUALLY A PAINLESS PROGRESSIVE INFECTIOUS DISEASE

You can help prevent gum disease by taking good care of your teeth every day and having regular dental checkups

Here's how to keep your teeth and gums healthy:
bulletBrush your teeth well twice a day.
This removes the bacteria from the teeth and prevents bacteria from overgrowing. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush that is in good condition. Toothpastes with fluoride to strengthen your teeth.  
bulletMouth rinse containing chlorhexidine ,an anti-microbial agent, which removes excess bacteria.
bulletClean between your teeth every day.
Cleaning between your teeth with floss or interdental cleaners removes bacteria and food particles from between the teeth, where a toothbrush can't reach.  By not flossing you allow the bacteria to build up to dangerous levels. Early gum disease can often be reversed by daily brushing and flossing. If you use interdental cleaners, ask your dentist how to use them properly, to avoid injuring your gums.

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Use the perio-instrument, Rota-dent, that is a soft professional brush that cleans your gum, teeth and between your teeth all in one tool.

bulletEat a balanced dietA well balanced diet is important for the body and subsequently the mouth's health, vitamin C is important for tissue health and calcium is important for bone health. 
Choose a variety of foods from the basic food groups, such as breads, cereals and other grain products; fruits; vegetables; meat, poultry and fish; and dairy products, such as milk, cheese and yogurt. Limit between-meal snacks and avoid sticky sweet snacks.
bulletA new study has shown that taking calcium and vitamin D supplements may help prevent tooth loss associated with gum disease by helping to limit bone loss around the tooth roots caused by gum disease.*
bulletFollow through on all recommended treatment recommended by your doctor.
bulletAvoid cigarettes and other tobacco products
bulletAvoid grinding or clenching your teeth because this puts pressure on the bone fibers that support your teeth and can increase your chances of making existing gum disease worse.
bulletVisit us at least twice a year for an oral exam and through cleaning. These professional cleanings remove tartar which harbors and nurtures the growth of the undesirable bacteria.

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Who can get gum disease?

Anyone can at any age, however after 35 about three out of four adults have some form of gum disease.  Their are certain medical conditions or medications that can make you more susceptible to gum disease such as: diabetes, epilepsy, pregnancy and medications as birth control pills, chemotherapy, antidepressants and medications for heart problems.

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Treatment for gum disease:

     The type of treatment you require depends on how advanced your case is and could involve one or more of the following:

bulletCleanings every three months needs  to be done in order to remove bacteria from the base of the pocket and to prevent its buildup.
bulletScaling and root planing.  "Scaling" is done with an ultrasonic scaler to remove the plaque that is below the gum line.  To help the gum tissue heal the tooth roots are "planed" or smoothed to return them to their natural condition.  
bullet Special antibacterial mouth rinse may be recommended.  
bulletIn the advanced stages you may require periodontal surgery.
bulletPeriodontal disease and nutrition

PATIENTS WITH GUM DISEASE ARE 1.5 TO 2 TIMES GREATER RISK OF FATAL CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE

( Individuals such as immunocompromised and hospitalized patients are at greater risk for general morbidity due to oral infections.)

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REMEMBER that once gum disease is treated it can still return because the bacteria in your mouth that caused gum disease can reoccur if you do not follow through with good home care, regular checkups and professional cleaning to prevent periodontal diseases.

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For more facts about gum disease click here: Facts about Periodontal Disease.

Visit A.G.D about :It's true, men do have deeper pockets than women

Gum disease information provided by American Dental Association

Visit: The Academy of General Dentistry to learn more about gum disease

Visit: The Mouth-Body Connections for more about how gum disease can affect your total health and well being. Presented by American Academy of Periodontology.

Products and Services: Perioguard  Root Planing and Scaling  Rota-dent

*American Journal of Medicine, 2002.

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December 10, 2002

*Ms Flossy

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