In the United States, nearly half of all adults 30 years and older have some form of gum disease. Since February is Gum Disease Awareness Month, now is a good time to review what you can do to protect your oral health from periodontal problems.
Here are some tips from your team at Smiles By Dr. Chai.
Brush & Floss Daily
This is the foundation for good oral care habits. Daily brushing and flossing are how you remove plaque, harmful bacteria, and food particles from your teeth. This goes a long way toward preventing problems.
Get Professional Checkups
No matter how well you brush and floss, you will benefit from professional care a few times each year. During a cleaning at our office, we will remove plaque and tartar buildup. We also conduct a thorough exam. If you are showing signs of periodontal problems, then we will let you know.
Seek Solutions ASAP
If you do have gum disease, then you should get treatment as soon as possible. Don’t ignore signs such as:
- Bleeding gums
- Gums that look red or swollen
- Gums that feel tender or sore
- Loose teeth