Periodontal (Gum) Disease Prevention El Segundo CA

Periodontal (Gum) Disease Prevention

Periodontal Disease Prevention El Segundo, CA

Periodontal (gum) disease is a serious and growing problem in the United States. It’s one of the top dental problems in the country. It affects as many as 40 percent of adults over the age of 30. It’s one of the most common dental problems we treat here at El Segundo Modern Dentistry and Orthodontics.

Because it’s so common, we get a lot of questions about how to prevent periodontal disease and we put together this short list of the most common questions we receive and their answers. If you have a question that’s not answered here, please call our office and our staff will be happy to answer it.

Is Periodontal Disease Preventable?

Absolutely. Periodontal disease in all its forms is 100 percent preventable. If you follow a good oral hygiene routine and get regular professional dental cleanings here in the El Segundo office, you can avoid ever having to deal with gum disease.

How Does Oral Hygiene Prevent Periodontal Disease?

Oral hygiene is the foundation of proper oral health and the best way to prevent periodontal disease. Gum disease is an infection of the gums by the bacteria that live in your mouth. Periodontal disease can’t get started if the bacteria in your mouth are not allowed to build up and turn into an infection.

A good oral hygiene routine consists of brushing at least twice per day using a soft toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste and flossing once per day. It also means getting your teeth professionally cleaned twice per year.

Periodontal (Gum) Disease Prevention El Segundo CA
Periodontal (Gum) Disease Prevention in El Segundo CA

How Does Diet Affect Periodontal Disease?

The bacteria that cause tooth decay and gum disease feed off the sugar and starch in the food you eat. The more of these foods you eat, the more food is available to the bacteria. If you reduce or eliminate these foods, the bacteria will have less food and will be less likely to get a foothold in your gums.

Foods that are high in sugar and/or starch include sodas, fruit juices, candies, sweets, potato chips, and other junk foods.

How Do I Know if I’m More Susceptible to Periodontal Disease?

Some people are more susceptible to periodontal disease based on uncontrollable factors like genetics. Certain medications and some health conditions, such as diabetes, also make you more prone to developing periodontal disease. Lifestyle factors such as smoking and chewing on objects also play a factor.

Speak with your provider the next time you come to the El Segundo office if you have concerns about being more susceptible than normal.

If I’m More Susceptible to Periodontal Disease, How Do I Prevent It?

You need to be extra strict about following a good oral hygiene routine. Your dentist may prescribe a special toothpaste or mouthwash to help. If you have high susceptibility you may need to have your teeth professionally cleaned more often.

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How Much Does Periodontal Disease Prevention Cost?

Preventing periodontal disease is almost free. Purchasing toothbrushes, toothpaste, and floss is inexpensive. If you have dental insurance, it will cover all or most of the cost of having your teeth professionally cleaned twice a year.

Treating periodontal disease, on the other hand, can be extraordinarily expensive. The advanced stages can require tooth extractions, soft tissue grafts, and other cost-prohibitive procedures. Our office offers payment arrangements and financing options to help you afford the care you need. We’ll be happy to speak with you about these options if you would like.

Don’t Wait Any Longer to Find Out if You Have Periodontal Disease!

Call our El Segundo dentist office at (424) 277-2671 today and make an appointment to see one of our providers.


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