Get Your Confidence Back with Periodontal Care!
They can make a stranger
s day, impress a potential employer, change your mood and maybe even help someone find love. Science has shown that a simple smile is the most powerful and positive gesture.
Yes, your smile matters. It matters to others and it matters to you.
But if you
re not comfortable with your smile
if your gums bleed when you brush or floss, look swollen and irregular, or are filled with pockets
you just might have gum disease (periodontal disease). And chances are good that you are less confident with your smile and less likely to flash your pearly whites.
You also won
t be able to reap all the tangible and intangible benefits of a bright, confident smile. So take care of your smile and fend off periodontal disease by following these three
tips for periodontal care.
1) Stay on Top of Your Dentist Appointments
If you are being honest, you
ll probably admit that making an appointment to see your dentist for a regular checkup isn
t at the top of the to-do list. But it
s incredibly important.
The best way to fight off gum disease is to prevent it. And one of the best way to prevent it is to see your dentist for checkups twice a year. Making that call and scheduling that appointment isn
t nearly as painful as the effects of periodontal disease.
2) Brush and Floss Every Day
The early symptoms of periodontal disease include red, puffy, swollen gums that bleed while you are brushing and flossing. That
s the bad news. The good news is that you can reverse the effects of periodontal disease by getting into the habit of brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing once every day.
Practicing proper oral hygiene can help your gums repair themselves and keep plaque from building up on your teeth and around your gums, which is a common cause of gum disease.
3) See Your Dentist
Sometimes periodontal disease progresses to the point where your gums start separating from your teeth. This can change the way your teeth fit together when you bite down on things and even cause your teeth to fall out.
At this point, you need to see your dentist. Well, you should be seeing your dentist anyway, but once gum disease becomes acute, you need to make an appointment as soon as possible.
Your dentist and your dental hygienist will be able to remove the built-up plaque from your teeth and gums, evaluate the response of your gum tissue to the plaque-free environment and create a treatment plan. You
ll likely be encouraged to change your oral health practices (read: brush twice a day and floss once a day). Your dentist also might talk to you about surgical therapy, which may be needed if the periodontal disease has progressed to an acute level.
Get That Confidence Back
At the end of the day, you have the power to keep your smile bright, fresh and healthy
but only if you take the steps necessary to fight off gum disease.
Brush. Floss. See your dentist. And whatever you do, keep showing off those pearly whites!
To find out more about how you can prevent and treat periodontal disease, visit our website.