By James Pechloff
June 13, 2017
Tags: Gum Disease  

If you practice good oral hygiene (brushing at least twice a day and flossing every day), you are ahead of the game in terms of protecting yourGum Disease teeth and gums from decay and periodontal (gum) disease. Gum disease ranges from mild (gingivitis) to severe (periodontitis), and affects close to half of all American adults over the age of 30 according to the American Dental Association (ADA). Although periodontal disease is more prevalent than dentists would like, it is not inevitable. Dr. James Pechloff in Wauwatosa, WI, recommends a professional dental cleaning twice a year and more often if periodontal disease is present.

Gum Disease Prevention and Treatment in Wauwatosa, WI

If left untreated, gum disease gets progressively worse over time, and can ultimately lead to tooth loss. Tooth loss may be the most common and well-known side effect of poor periodontal health, but studies have found that in addition to putting your teeth and gums at risk, the inflammation that comes along with periodontitis can also put you at risk for other potentially serious health complications like heart disease and stroke. Gum disease-related bacteria and infections can also pose risks for patients with certain health problems like diabetes and HIV/AIDS.

Tips for Healthy Teeth and Gums

The good news is that with a few lifestyle changes and modifications, you can take control of your oral health at any age. There are several steps that you can take:

  • Floss every day
  • Visit the dentist at least two times per year.
  • Eat a healthy diet and avoid overconsumption of sugar
  • Do not smoke
  • Talk to your dentist if periodontal disease runs in your family

Find a Dentist in Wauwatosa, WI

Good oral hygiene is just one factor in helping to prevent gum disease. Even if it has been years since your last dental appointment, it is never too late to take control of your periodontal health. Contact our office today by calling (414) 475-5505 to schedule an appointment for a professional dental exam and cleaning with Dr. Pechloff.