At Passes Dental, we strive to keep your teeth in the best condition possible. While some degree of tooth decay is natural with age, it is possible to maintain healthy dental hygiene into old age. Gingivitis is a bacterial gum infection that can result in bone loss around your teeth. Obviously, we don’t want that to happen! Dr. Demetrios Tskiokos, D.D.S., specializes in periodontics, which covers inflammatory diseases that damage gums and surrounding teeth. Here are some tips on how to prevent gingivitis:
Monitor Your Mouth
Good dental hygiene means brushing and flossing daily. Because you should have an intimate relationship with your mouth, it will be easy to track any red flags that may show up. If you experience any of these symptoms, you should probably see a professional for a diagnosis.
Symptoms to Look Out For:
- Bleeding gums
- Swelling or redness of the gums
- Receding gums
- Bad breath
- Tooth and gum sensitivity
- Gum abscess
- The loss of teeth
Avoid Unhealthy Habits
Certain daily habits may increase the likelihood of developing gingivitis. While brushing your teeth and flossing is important, you should also do your best to maintain a healthy lifestyle overall. While you may not be able to avoid certain risk factors, such as genetics, do your best to watch out for risky behavior you can avoid.
Risk Factors to Be Aware Of:
- Smoking tobacco
- Excessive consumption of alcohol
- Poor nutrition
- Medical conditions, including viral and fungal infections
- Family history of gingivitis
- Poor oral hygiene
- Old age
Visit Your Dentist Regularly
At Passes Dental Care, we get to know our patients. From your visit, we make your dental health our utmost priority. Our doctors are extremely educated, professional, and attentive. Throughout your visits, they’ll be able to track and irregularities that may arise. Identifying any potential issues before they become more complicated allows us to be proactive in caring for your teeth. Additionally, professional cleanings will further ensure a clean mouth. While you may take your dental hygiene seriously, a professional dental cleaning will reach difficult areas and identify any areas that may have accidentally been overlooked.
Schedule an Appointment With Us Today
If you ever considered whether or not you may have gingivitis, we’re here to help answer questions, as well as discuss our effective periodontal treatments. You can make an appointment online or call us at (516) 858-5921.