Are your gums red, swollen, or overly sensitive? If so, you may have gingivitis, one of the first stages of periodontal disease. Periodontal disease can range from mild to severe and can damage the bone and tissue that support your teeth. According to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 47.2% of adults over the age of 30 in the U.S. have periodontal disease. Talk to your dentist if you think you might be one of these people, and keep reading to learn how to reduce your risk for periodontal disease.
Smoking and using tobacco products can be detrimental to your overall health and is a major risk factor in the development of periodontal disease. In fact, smokers are seven times more likely to get gum disease than people who do not smoke. If you already have gum disease, smoking can lower the chances of successful treatment. For the health of your body and your mouth, quitting smoking is a wise decision.
Visit the Dentist
Most dentists recommend that you have a regular dental checkup at least once a year. During this visit, your dentist will give your teeth a thorough cleaning and will help you understand the current status of your dental health. Your dentist can identify early signs of periodontal disease and recommend ways that you can improve your oral health, stopping gum disease in its tracks. Without these regular checkups and cleanings, you may be increasing your risk of periodontal disease.
A well-balanced diet is good for your body and your gums. Foods with antioxidants, such as leafy green vegetables and citrus fruits, may help your body repair damaged tissues. When you eat well, your immune system is stronger and can ward off infections more easily. Additionally, staying away from sweet, sugary foods and drinks can lower the amount of plaque that forms in your mouth and contributes to periodontal disease.
The Smile Design Center of Baltimore offers routine and preventive dental care to keep you in good oral health. Call us at (443) 275-9821 for answers to your questions about periodontal disease or to schedule an appointment with our friendly dentist, Dr. Myron Kellner.