The key to preventing serious health conditions as a result of gum disease is prevention and early treatment. One of the best ways to prevent gum disease is to evaluate your personal risk. Some people are more prone to gum disease than others due to genetics. This is something you should talk to your Tulsa dentist about.
You can also prevent gum disease by taking your oral health seriously. We recommend brushing at least twice a day and flossing once per day. For extra help brushing, consider investing in an electric toothbrush.
Studies suggest that only about 10% of Americans floss daily. If you’ve ever flossed your teeth, you know how much gunk you can pull out from between your teeth including plaque and food debris. If this consistently sits between your teeth without ever getting pulled out, it will eventually turn into cavities and gum disease. Flossing is one of the only effective ways to remove plaque and debris from beneath your gum line to directly prevent gum disease.
In addition to brushing and flossing, you should visit your Tulsa dentist at least every six months for a cleaning. During this time, Dr. Hodges will remove plaque and tartar from your teeth and between your gum line. If she also notices any signs of gum disease, she may need to give you a root planing and scaling (deep cleaning) and additional treatment if necessary. If you’re more prone to plaque and tartar than others, we may recommend dental cleanings every three months instead.
You can also reduce your sugar intake, quit smoking, and reduce alcohol intake to prevent gum disease.
It’s important to never skip your dental cleaning because it not only helps prevent gum disease but helps us catch and treat it early before it causes permanent damage.
Get Gum Disease Treatment in Tulsa
Aside from taking good care of your oral health, cutting back on sugar and alcohol, quitting smoking, and sleeping more, there’s not much else you can do to prevent gum disease. If you do happen to get gum disease, we offer gum disease therapy in Tulsa to help our patients maintain great oral health and to remedy the effects of gum disease. If you are showing signs of gum disease or know someone who is, contact us to book an appointment today.