Gum Disease Prevention

Gum Disease Prevention

What Is Gum Disease?

Gum disease, or Periodontitis, is an infection that inflames the gums and bone surrounding the teeth. Early signs may feel like a harmless toothache or gum pain, which later advances in severity when left untreated. As the infection progresses, gums may pull away from the teeth—eventually leading to teeth loss and a damaged jawbone.

This condition usually affects adults aged 30 and above—but its prevalence increases with age. With good dental hygiene and professional treatment, the progression of periodontitis can be prevented.

At Modern Dental Care, we provide custom-tailored periodontal treatment to help our patients manage and treat gum problems. Call us today to schedule an appointment with our Las Vegas, NV dentists!

Causes

Periodontitis is caused by plaque—a sticky substance that builds up on teeth after food particles and bacteria are left to sit in your mouth. Over time, plaque hardens to tartar (calculus). The build-up then travels below the gum line, making it more difficult to clean your teeth.

Symptoms of Periodontitis

Signs and symptoms of gum disease include:

  • Red, swollen or tender gums that may bleed easily
  • Bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth
  • Loose teeth
  • Painful chewing
  • Sensitive teeth
  • Developing gaps between teeth
  • Teeth shifting out of place due to bone loss around them
  • Receding gums

What Are the Risk Factors?

As well as poor oral hygiene, several other factors can increase the risk of gum disease. These include:

  • Diabetes
  • Smoking or tobacco use
  • Genetics
  • Immunodeficiency disorders like HIV and AIDS
  • Hormonal changes—like those related to menopause or pregnancy
  • Malnutrition or obesity
  • Medications that may cause your mouth to dry—e.g., antidepressants and antihistamines

Prevention Of Gum Disease

The best remedy for preventing periodontal disease is consistent daily hygiene practices:

  • Brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste
  • Floss at least once a day
  • Limit certain foods, such as sugar and certain carbohydrates that can cause inflammation in the mouth leading to gum disease.
  • Avoid smoking
  • Get regular checkups at least twice every year

Treatment

To get periodontal treatment near you, you may start by visiting our dental office in Las Vegas, NV.

First, we will perform a dental examination to determine the extent of your condition. We will create a customized treatment plan tailored just for you based on your results.

Our periodontal treatment procedures may include:

  • Scaling – To remove plaque and tartar from the surface of the teeth
  • Root planing – To smooth out any rough spots on your tooth roots

If you develop any signs of gum disease, let us be the ones to take care of you. Contact our dental office to plan for your next visit!

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