Did you know that nearly 80 percent of the world’s population suffers from some form of gum disease? It’s true. Gum disease is one of the top health concerns across the globe, and for a good reason: research studies have shown that there’s a connection between periodontal problems and serious health issues like diabetes and heart conditions. Millennium Smiles in Frisco, Texas, helps to treat gum disease in many patients.
Although gum disease may be genetically linked in some individuals, in many cases, it is the result of improper oral hygiene practices. Here are some ways you can help reduce the risk of developing periodontal disease or improve the health of your gums.
Practice Proper Oral Hygiene Habits. Practicing good oral hygiene habits regularly – day in and day out – is the best and probably the easiest way to keep gums healthy and keep other oral health problems from plaguing you. This means that you brush at least twice per day and floss at least once per day.
Stay Hydrated. We also suggest drinking water throughout the day and with your meals to help rinse away food debris and wash away bacteria. Drinking enough water helps to keep your gum tissues – and your whole body – healthy.
Change Your Habits. Do you smoke? If you want healthy gums, you’ve got to stop. This is because smoking significantly reduces blood flow to your gum tissue – which can mean gum recession and bacterial invasion. Smoking is also just bad for your overall health in general.
Eat Healthily. Did you know that there are foods that promote gum health? Eating a diet full of vegetables and fruits that are rich in vitamin C can help your gums stay healthy. Avoiding sugar-filled foods and drinks can help prevent the buildup of plaque and gum disease-causing bacteria and reduce your risk of periodontal issues.
See Dr. Korous Regularly. Do you make – and keep – your dentist appoints? Seeing Dr. Korous at least twice a year for cleanings and exams can also help to prevent gum disease. Visiting the dentist regularly can also help reduce the risk of gum disease developing or progressing because it gives Dr. Korous visits a chance to look at your gums for signs like irritation, redness, swelling, or bleeding.
If you are diagnosed with gum disease, treatment protocols may vary, depending on the level of disease. Some patients require antiseptic mouth rinses, while others need antibiotics and more invasive root planing and scaling below the gum line.
Millennium Smiles offers a new treatment option for taking care of gum disease that is not invasive like root planing and scaling procedures: Solea Laser. Solea Laser can help to treat gum disease without putting patients in any pain. It works by targeting disease-causing bacteria – which will help to regrow lost gum tissue.
Want to learn more about the benefits of Solea Laser for your gums? Give Millennium Smiles in Frisco, Texas, a call at 972-468-8771 today to schedule a consultation.