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Posts for tag: Dental Disease

By Dentistry at Camp Creek
April 27, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Dental Disease  

Bacteria growth is normal in our mouths. The important thing is to keep it in check, otherwise, it will lead to oral health problems like periodontal or gum disease. This, in turn, results in tooth loss and the destruction of the tissues surrounding your teeth. Besides routine checkups and cleanings with your dentist here in Dentistry at Camp Creek in South Atlanta, GA, follow these tips to help keep dental disease away.

Gingivitis and Periodontitis

Dental disease normally starts with gingivitis or the inflammation of the gums. This progresses to periodontitis or advanced gum disease. Gingivitis does not always turn into periodontitis if the cause of the plaque buildup is addressed early on.

The buildup is responsible for the inflammation of the gums, which is commonly accompanied by bleeding when you brush. At this stage, the teeth are still firmly planted although the gums are irritated. Irreversible tissue or bone damage has not yet taken place so there is still a lot that can be done.

Plaque control is key in reversing gingivitis and preventing periodontitis. The American Dental Association suggests the following guidelines:

A Proper Oral Hygiene Routine

The whole routine consists of brushing, rinsing, and flossing daily. Brush after every meal for at least two minutes each time. You may floss once a day, either before or after brushing. Doing it before brushing loosens particles and bacteria making it easier to brush and rinse it away. An antibacterial mouthwash further reduces plaque-causing bacteria. Keeping up with this routine ensures that your mouth is not conducive to periodontal bacteria growth.

Scheduled Dental Visits

Getting your teeth cleaned professionally at least twice a year reduces the risk of developing periodontitis. Depending on your current oral health condition, you may need more frequent visits to your South Atlanta, GA, dentist. Combining this with your oral hygiene routine further brings down your risk factor for dental disease.

Lifestyle Adjustments

Proper oral hygiene combined with scheduled dental visits could become more effective if you observe some lifestyle changes to boost your health and immunity. These adjustments typically include:

  • Quitting Tobacco Use: This is one of the more significant contributors to periodontitis. The risk factor for smokers is seven times greater compared to non-smokers.
  • Lessening Stress: Being stressed out significantly drops the capability of the immune system to act against infections. Learn to relax no matter what.
  • Eating a Balanced Diet: One of the best ways to boost the immune system is by feeding the body the nutrition it needs. Vitamin E and Vitamin C, in particular, are excellent in repairing damaged tissue. Get more fruits and vegetables into your diet.
  • Drinking Plenty of Water: Drinking water after meals and throughout the day even if you are not thirsty helps to clean the teeth and prevents the mouth from drying up.
  • Avoiding Excessive Force: Grinding and clenching your teeth creates excessive force that increases the rate of destruction of the tissues. It also damages the structure of your teeth.

Need More Oral Health Advice? Contact Dr. Travon Holt

Dial (404) 629-9290 to schedule your appointment with our dentist, Dr. Travon Holt and his team at Dentistry at Camp Creek in South Atlanta, GA.