This 2015, many of you have taken steps to live a healthier lifestyle. So why do you make this choice? To avoid illness and live longer are usually the top answers to that question. You’re eating better and exercising more, but make sure you don’t overlook your oral health in the process. Periodontal disease affects over half of all Americans in some form and can harm not only your teeth and gums, but other parts of your body too.
Most risk factors for periodontal disease can be controlled by changes you make on your own, so here’s some tips to help you avoid periodontal disease and have the healthiest mouth possible.
- Brush twice a day to remove plaque from your teeth before it becomes a problem.
- Floss once a day to clean in the spaces between your teeth and around your gums.
- Discontinue tobacco use in all forms, especially cigarettes.
- Eat a diet high in fresh fruits and vegetables to improve your body’s immune system.
- Schedule regular dental checkups with professional cleanings every six months.
- Limit your intake of sugar foods or highly refined carbs.
Just about the only risk factor you can’t control is if you are genetically predisposed to having gum disease, but by following these tips you can still minimize the risk of contracting it or the severity of the infection.
If you suspect that you already have periodontal disease, don’t delay scheduling a comprehensive oral exam with one of the board-certified periodontists at Anthem Periodontics and Dental Implants. If caught early, many cases can be treated using minimally invasive techniques rather than requiring gum surgery. Contact us today to schedule at appointment at our convenient Summerlin or Henderson location.