Your oral health has an impact on your overall physical health. It can also make a difference as to whether you’re a good candidate for dental implants. Gum disease primarily affects the gums, teeth and jaws, but it can cause other health problems. It can also lead to implant failure.
Prevention is the key to avoiding periodontal disease. With an excellent oral hygiene routine, you can maintain strong, healthy gums. Whether you need an implant, have already undergone implant surgery, or you simply want to prevent tooth loss, read on.
What is periodontal disease?
Periodontal disease is also known as gum disease. While it is extremely common, left untreated, it can cause cavities and tooth loss. Periodontal disease can increase your risk of stroke and heart disease. It may also impact certain cancers and people with diabetes.
Gum disease occurs when bacteria invade the soft tissues of your gums. The farther the bacteria burrows, the more likely it will affect your teeth and jaws. Eventually, this can lead to tooth loss—and in severe cases, you may not be able to replace your teeth with traditional dental implants.
Symptoms of periodontal disease include:
- Red, swollen and tender gums
- Bleeding gums after brushing and flossing
- Receding gumline
- Loose teeth
- Pus between the teeth
- Constant bad breath and a bad taste in the mouth
- Changes to your bite
If you notice any of these issues, schedule an appointment with Dr. Mike right away. Gum disease can be treated, but it’s important to get help at the first sign of a problem. This is especially crucial for dental implant candidates, or patients healing from dental implant surgery.
Avoiding gum disease
Preventing periodontal disease is just one benefit of a good dental hygiene routine. Here’s how to avoid oral health issues:
- Brush and floss daily: Good dental care starts with a regular brushing and flossing routine. Brush your teeth after each meal, and floss at least once per day.
- Use a Dr. Mike-approved mouthwash: Not sure which mouthwash to use? Dr. Mike can make recommendations based on your specific needs. Use at least once daily to kill bacteria-forming plaque.
- Schedule twice-yearly dental check-ups: Regular check-ups ensure you remain on top of potential gum disease. Deep cleanings go the extra mile to remove plaque from your teeth.
- Know the risk factors: Age, certain illnesses, sex, family history of dental issues and hormonal challenges can increase your risk of periodontal disease. If you have any of these risk factors, tell us as soon as possible.
- Stop smoking: Did you know that smokers are seven times more likely to develop gum disease? Quitting smoking has significant oral health benefits.
- Avoid sugary foods and beverages: Reduce your sugar and carbohydrate intake, which increases plaque and bacteria buildup.
- Avoid grinding your teeth: Finally, if you grind your teeth at night, we can fit you with a mouth guard. It will protect your sensitive gum tissue from further breakdown.
For more information about periodontal disease and dental implants, schedule an appointment with Dr. Mike at the Cleveland Implant Institute today.