Periodontal (Gum) Disease Prevention Cerritos CA

Periodontal (Gum) Disease Prevention

Periodontal Disease Prevention Cerritos, CA

The best way to treat periodontal disease is to prevent it from occurring in the first place. It’s easier and cheaper to prevent a problem than to treat it after the fact (not to mention better for your oral health). The staff here at Dentist of Cerritos are experts at both treating and preventing periodontal disease.

What Is Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal disease is more commonly called gum disease. It has four stages: gingivitis, mild (early) periodontal disease, moderate periodontal disease, and severe periodontal disease. It’s caused when bacteria infect the gums around your teeth.

In the mildest stage, gingivitis, symptoms include red and irritated gums that might bleed when you brush. The disease progresses if it’s left untreated, and by the time it reaches the most advanced stage, you’re at serious risk of losing teeth.

Untreated periodontal disease also puts you at risk of developing other health problems. It’s been linked to heart disease and diabetes, among other conditions.

Periodontal (Gum) Disease Prevention Cerritos CA
Periodontal (Gum) Disease Prevention in Cerritos CA

What’s the Number One Thing I Can Do to Prevent Periodontal Disease?

Since an infection causes periodontal disease, the best way to prevent it is to keep the infection from getting started. How do you prevent it? By practicing good oral hygiene. This will remove bacteria from your teeth before it can turn into plaque or tartar and start an infection.

You should brush your teeth twice a day using a soft-bristled toothbrush. Brush gently with slow strokes while holding the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to your gums. Try to brush each tooth individually. You also need to floss your teeth at least once a day. Finally, using mouthwash once a day is a great addition to your oral hygiene routine.

Electric toothbrushes and a WaterPik flosser are both acceptable substitutes for their traditional counterparts if you prefer. The most important part of your oral hygiene is having a consistent routine!

What Else Can I Do to Prevent Periodontal Disease?

The second-best way to prevent periodontal disease is to make sure you get your teeth cleaned twice a year in our Cerritos office. During each professional dental cleaning, your hygienist will remove any plaque and tartar that have built up on your teeth. This will reverse gingivitis and prevent it from progressing further.

Your hygienist will also polish your teeth and may apply a fluoride treatment to help prevent plaque and tartar buildup. Finally, both the hygienist and your doctor and hygienist will examine your teeth and mouth for any other developing problems.

If you practice good oral hygiene and visit Dentist of Cerritos twice a year for cleanings, you will have little to worry about when it comes to periodontal disease. These two steps together will prevent you from developing periodontal disease, much less having to deal with treating it.

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How Much Does Periodontal Disease Prevention Cost?

Preventing periodontal disease is one of the most inexpensive things you can do for your teeth. Oral hygiene supplies such as toothbrushes are affordable and most dental insurance companies cover routine cleanings at 80% or 100%, so you will have no or minimal out-of-pocket expense for your twice-yearly check-ups at our Cerritos office. This means you can protect your teeth from periodontal disease for only pennies a month!

Do You Want to Protect Your Teeth From Periodontal Disease?

Our staff at the Cerritos office has the training and experience necessary to keep your teeth in their best condition. We accept many dental insurance plans and offer flexible appointments.

Call Dentist of Cerritos today at (562) 414-5064 to schedule your appointment and keep your smile looking bright!

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