How can I avoid the development of periodontal disease?
Periodontal disease is a serious infection that starts in the gums. It is often characterized by problems such as shrinking gum tissue and bone, along with the loss of teeth if it reaches the later stages. At Cambridge Family Dental of Cambridge, Wisconsin, Dr. Angela Bauer Williams encourages patients to proactively reduce their risk of developing gum disease with preventative dentistry. This is because once periodontal disease develops, it cannot be cured and can only be managed with the help of a dental professional.
What are some treatments for periodontal disease?
Treatment may involve the use of antibiotics to control the infection. Then, deep cleanings such as scaling and root planing may be performed to further address this disease. Once the condition is under control, patients will have to work for a lifetime to maintain the health of their smiles. Routine visits to the dentist are required to monitor the teeth, gums, and bone to ensure the condition remains controlled and does not redevelop.
How can I prevent periodontal disease from occurring within my smile?
Dr. Angela Bauer Williams understands that the development of periodontal disease can have negative, long-term damage to an otherwise healthy smile. At Cambridge Family Dental, she educates patients on preventive dental services and actions, including brushing and flossing.
Below are some of the ways in which you can significantly reduce your risk of gum disease:
- Brush your teeth at least twice daily with fluoride toothpaste
- Floss at least once each day to remove plaque and food particles between the teeth
- Use an antiseptic mouthwash which reduces bacteria in the mouth
- Follow dental recommendations regarding scheduling evaluations and cleanings
- Maintain a healthy diet with a reduced intake of acidic or sugary foods and beverages
- Call the dentist when any dental issues develop and require the attention of a professional
Schedule an appointment with our team at Cambridge Family Dental to learn more about preventative dental treatments and habits!
Prevention is the best way to avoid the development of gum disease.
If you suspect you have gum disease, regardless of the stage at which it has reached, we encourage you to call (608) 423-6784 to request an appointment at 710 Katie Court.
We are open to new patients and families in Deerfield, Lake Mills, Fort Atkinson, Milford, Jefferson, Edgerton, and Cottage Grove, Wisconsin.