Most of us know that brushing and flossing every day, and going to the dentist at least once a year are necessary for healthy teeth and gums. But like the rest of the body, our teeth and gums are affected by our lifestyles, diets and genetics. Dr. Sathvik Begur Seshadri and Dr. Shikha Chopra of Westport Dental in Westport, MA, advise patients to become familiar with their individual risk levels for gum disease.
Gum Disease Prevention and Treatment in Westport, MA
In general, the rules for maintaining healthy teeth and gums tend to cross over with a general health and wellness routine.
It may be common knowledge that smoking is bad for your lungs and overall health, but according to the American Dental Association, tobacco use also restricts blood flow to the gums, which can increase the risk of developing gum disease, and make it more difficult to heal from oral surgery. Smoking can also make treatment for gum disease less effective.
The relationship between sugar and tooth decay is well known, but consuming too much sugar also makes your teeth more vulnerable to decay, by making it harder for the teeth to absorb minerals in saliva that help to protect them from acids. Flossing every day and brushing at least twice a day go a long way, but regular dental cleanings are necessary to remove the bacteria and plaque buildup that your toothbrush and floss inevitably leave behind.
Even with a good oral hygiene routine and regular visits to the dentist, gum disease can be hereditary, making it more likely for someone with a family history of gum disease to potentially develop it as well. Speak to your dentist if you have a family history of periodontal disease.
Find a Dentist in Westport, MA
Comprehensive dental exams and cleanings are central to a good oral health routine. For more information on how to maintain healthy teeth and gums and prevent gum disease, contact Westport Dental by calling (508) 675-0561 to request an appointment with Dr. Seshadri or Dr. Chopra today.