Maintain Optimum Dental Health with Sandstrom Dental Group
Did you know that adults over 35 lose more teeth to periodontal (gum) disease than from cavities? It’s a staggering statistic that three out of four adults will be affected during their lifetime. The best way to prevent cavities and periodontal disease is by maintaining optimum dental health through good oral hygiene and by visiting your dentist for regular periodontal maintenance. Sandstrom Dental Group is dedicated to helping our patients in Mesa and the surrounding areas preserve their beautiful smiles. We help them achieve this through our efforts to educate them about the importance of preventative oral hygiene and by providing different treatment approaches if they’ve already encountered a dental issue.
Preventing Gum Disease
Periodontal (gum) disease and tooth decay are primarily caused by bacterial plaque that builds up inside your mouth. Plaque is a colorless film that’s constantly forming on your teeth and sticking to them at or just below the gum line. The bacteria found in plaque produces toxins, or poisons, that irritate your gums, causing redness, swelling, and bleeding. Those are the most common symptoms of periodontal disease. If ignored, this gum irritation will eventually cause your gums to separate from your teeth, meaning the supporting gum tissue and bone holding your teeth in place will deteriorate and result in tooth loss. All of these are contributing factors to periodontal disease:
- Clenching and grinding your teeth
- Certain medications
- Poor nutrition
Oral Hygiene: The Importance of Daily Brushing and Flossing
Thoroughly brushing and flossing your teeth daily helps prevent periodontal disease by removing plaque and other harmful bacteria. Dr. Sandstrom recommends using a soft to medium toothbrush. Positioning your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle where your gums and teeth meet, move it in a circular motion several times using small, gentle strokes that brush your teeth’s outside surfaces. Don’t forget to brush the surrounding gum tissue gently.
Flossing is an effective way to reach plaque that appears between the teeth that your toothbrush can’t quite reach. Be sure to rinse your mouth vigorously with water after brushing and flossing to remove plaque and food particles. When used in conjunction with daily brushing and flossing, fluoride toothpastes and anti-plaque mouth rinses approved by the American Dental Association (ADA) can help you reduce tooth decay as much as 40%.
Schedule an Appointment for Periodontal Maintenance in Mesa, AZ
Sometimes even the most diligent oral hygiene is not enough to prevent periodontal disease. It’s recommended that you visit your dentist at least every six months for an examination and cleaning or more often than that if you’re susceptible to periodontal issues. Once periodontal disease starts, professional intervention is necessary to prevent its progress. If it’s time you had a dental checkup to ensure your teeth and gums are healthy, contact Sandstrom Dental Group to schedule your next appointment for periodontal maintenance with our friendly dentist in Mesa, Arizona!