Park Ridge Dentists Explain How to Prevent Gum Disease

preventionRecently, we discussed the leading cause of adult tooth loss—gum disease. Though many people may not consider it a big deal, gum disease can ravish the gums and jawbone that form your smile’s foundation, leading to the loss of one or more teeth if not treated in time. Luckily, gum disease is preventable with the proper care and maintenance, and your Park Ridge dentists, Dr. Maria and Dr. Thanasi Loukas, can help you protect your smile from the progressive disease.

The Importance of Good Dental Hygiene

Although it may sound clichéd, the simple truth is that brushing and flossing your teeth every day is your best bet at preventing most dental diseases, including gum disease. The dental plaque that can form on your teeth and gums now and then is comprised of about 600 different kinds of bacteria. As living organisms, these germs undergo metabolic processes, such as releasing toxins that can erode your gums’ connection to your teeth and lead to gum recession, which causes pockets to form where more germs can gather and initiate gum disease. To control bacterial population and the harm they can cause, the American Dental Association advises brushing your teeth at least twice a day and flossing at least once, especially before going to bed.

Your Smile Needs a Helping Hand

Though important, brushing and flossing your teeth is not enough to prevent gum disease alone. To effectively protect your oral health, you must attend professional dental maintenance at least once every six months, or sooner if recommended. At your periodic dental exam and cleaning, Dr. Loukas will thoroughly remove any traces of plaque and its calcified form, tartar, to prevent the onset of bacteria-caused dental diseases. A comprehensive exam will also allow Dr. Loukas to check your teeth and gums for early signs of trouble, increasing your chances of avoiding extensive treatment.

Learn More About Gum Disease Prevention from Your Park Ridge Dentists

To learn more about gum disease and how to prevent it, schedule an appointment with your Park Ridge dentists by calling Loukas General Dentistry at (847) 696-1919. Located in the 60068 area, we proudly serve patients from Park Ridge and the surrounding Chicago communities.