Gum disease is the leading cause of adult tooth loss. Taking preventive action to help keep your gums healthy can minimize your risk of developing gum disease. Gum disease is categorized into two stages: gingivitis and periodontitis. Gingivitis is the earliest stage of gum disease, which results in bleeding, swollen, and tender gums. In most cases, gingivitis can be treated with minimal treatment. If gingivitis is left untreated, it will develop into periodontitis. Periodontitis is an advanced stage of gum disease that may result in tooth and bone loss if left untreated.
The goal of preventive dental care is to improve your oral health and reduce your risk of developing complex dental problems. Dr. Lynn Morgan offers a full range of preventive, general, and periodontal therapy services to address various stage of gum disease.
How To Improve Your Gum Health
- Brush your teeth twice a day for at least two minutes. Brushing your teeth can keep your breath, remove debris, and reduce plaque buildup.
- Floss at least once a day. Flossing removes debris and plaque from between the teeth.
- Visit the dentist for routine dental exams. During a routine dental exam, Dr. Morgan can asses your oral health and recommend any necessary treatment. Dr. Morgan can work with you to address any dental concerns you may have.
- Get regular professional teeth cleanings. Professional teeth cleaning can help remove plaque buildup that normal brushing and flossing cannot reach.
- Quit smoking and tobacco use. Smoking can increase your chance of developing complex dental concerns like oral cancer, gum disease, and tooth decay. Smoking can affect your immune system, which may leave you more susceptible to tooth infections.
- Eat a healthy diet. Your teeth and gums need certain vitamins and nutrients to stay healthy. Try to incorporate healthy foods into your diet, and stay away from sugary foods and beverages.
Schedule An Appointment
To learn more about improving your gum health, visit our Severna Park, MD dental office. To schedule an appointment, call 410.415.9015 or request an appointment online.