Did you know that periodontal disease is one of the most prevalent, yet preventable oral diseases? Periodontal diseases, which include gingivitis and periodontitis, could lead to tooth loss if not treated properly. According to the American Academy of Periodontology, periodontal disease is the number one cause of tooth loss. One of the simplest ways you can help reduce the risk of periodontal disease is to maintain good oral care. We recommend patients brush their teeth at least twice a day to help remove food particles and bacteria that is found between teeth and beneath the gum line. If the bacteria is not removed properly, it will begin to form plaque quickly and irritate your gums. Research has shown that plaque, described as a pale yellow layer on the tooth surface, is one of the main causes of periodontal disease.In addition to brushing, good oral care involves flossing daily, cleaning your tongue and having regular maintenance with your hygienists.

If you already follow a good oral care regime, you may still be at risk for periodontal disease. Factors such as smoking/tobacco use, genetics, stress, medications could increase the risk of periodontal disease significantly. Thus, we recommend patients to have regular oral examinations in order to diagnose and treat gum disease in its earliest stages.

For an in depth demonstration on how to maintain good oral care, watch Katrina’s video on how to to brush your teeth properly. With over 29 years of experience in dental hygiene, Katrina has many useful tips to keep your teeth and gums healthy!