Preventing Gum Disease

Adults past the age of 35 lose more teeth to gum diseases than from cavities (decay). Three out of four adults are affected at some time in their life. The best way to prevent cavities and Periodontal Diseases is by good tooth brushing, flossing and oral irrigation techniques performed daily with regular professional dental examinations and cleanings. Unfortunately, even with the most diligent dental home care, people still can develop some form of periodontal disease. Once this disease starts, professional intervention is necessary to prevent its progress.

Other important factors affecting the health of your gums include:

  • Diabetes
  • Stress
  • Clenching and Grinding teeth
  • Medications
  • Poor Nutrition
  • Tobacco Useage
  • Trauma
  • Radiation Therapy/ Chemotherapy

Changes in the look and feel of your mouth may occur if you are menopausal or post-menopausal. They include feeling pain and burning in your gum tissue and salty, peppery or sour tastes.

Careful oral hygiene at home and professional cleaning may relieve these symptoms. There are also saliva substitutes to treat the effects of “dry mouth”.