Preventing Gum Disease

Adults over the age of 35 lose more teeth to gum diseases than from cavities. At least three out of four adults are affected at some time in their life. The best way to prevent cavities and periodontal diseases is by daily thorough tooth brushing, interproximal (between teeth) cleaning techniques and regular professional examinations and cleanings. Unfortunately, even with the most diligent home dental care, people can still develop some form of periodontal disease. Once this disease starts, professional intervention is necessary to prevent its progression.

Other important factors that can negatively affect the health of your gums include: tobacco usage, uncontrolled diabetes, obesity, and poor nutrition.

Tooth decay and Periodontal disease are caused by quite different bacterial species which grow under different environmental conditions. Tooth decay causing bacteria grow well when there is an increase in refined sugars in the oral environment so brushing ones teeth after consuming these items is the recommended timing for cleaning. Periodontal disease causing bacteria grow well when there is an increase in blood products in the mouth. The frequency of brushing required to eliminate gingival inflammation is less and a twice a day routine gives optimum clinical outcomes.