Dr. Segulyev, Burbank’s favorite dentist, works diligently to prevent gum disease in his patients, a common condition most adults will suffer from during their lifetime. Unfortunately, left untreated gum disease can lead to bone and tooth loss making it very important to both prevent and treat it. Dr. Segulyev can examine your teeth and gums to see if you are showing any signs and make a recommendation for how you can treat and prevent it. To schedule an appointment, please call (818) 846-6464 or click the following link:
Causes of Gum Disease
There are several reasons that gum disease develops. The primary causes are plaque and tartar which can become trapped in between your teeth and gums or under the gum tissue, then causes your gums to become irritated and swollen. Everyone has plaque, however it is the buildup under the gums over time that really causes issues. Other risk factors to that contribute to plaque buildup are pregnancy, diabetes, and smoking, as they restrict blood flow to the gums, causing them to swell.
Ways to Prevent Gum Disease
We recommend doing what you can to prevent gum disease so you do not experience discomfort or additional health problems. One of the best ways to prevent this condition is to keep your teeth clean. Dr. Segulyev encourages his patients to brush their teeth two to three times a day in a circular pattern, moving food particles and plaque away from the gums. Flossing on a daily basis is just as important, and be sure to reach down, rather than stopping at your gum line. Using an antiseptic mouthwash can also help kill lingering bacteria.
Having your teeth cleaned at least twice per year can make a huge difference to your oral care over time. Regular brushing cannot remove all of the plaque, and tartar cannot be removed by brushing and flossing. We can remove both plaque and tartar in our dental office so your risk of gum disease is greatly reduced. Simultaneously, we recommend that you stop smoking, keep your blood sugar under control, and drink plenty of water, since this can also help improve your gum health.
COMMON SIGNS OF GUM DISEASE
Red and swollen gums
Gums that bleed when brushing, flossing, or eating anything crunchy
Teeth that appear to be getting longer, since this is a sign of gum recession
If you notice any of these symptoms, we recommend that you call (818) 846-6464 to schedule an examination with our dental office.