Taking care of your gums is one of the most important components in your overall dental health. Periodontal, or gum, maintenance is defined as any step you or your dentist takes to help prevent gum disease from taking hold or recurring. This is critical because advanced periodontal disease leads to tooth decay and even tooth loss.
The most important part of keeping your mouth healthy is the daily care such as brushing, flossing and using an irrigator like a Waterpik to care for your teeth regularly. If you consistently follow these practices, it will help prevent plaque and tartar from building up on your teeth above and below the gum line and biofilm below the gumline.
In addition to keeping your gums healthy through daily dental routines, you should also continue having your teeth professionally cleaned at our office every six months. During these cleanings, our team can eliminate the dangerous biofilm, tartar, and plaque that can build up in hard-to-reach places near the gum line. For those with more advanced periodontal disease, we offer non-surgical gum care utilizing non-invasive techniques, soft-tissue laser treatment, and anti-bacterial mouth rinses.
Unfortunately, some diseases, such as diabetes, increase your risk of serious periodontal disease regardless of your daily hygiene routine. In the case of diabetes, a patients risk for periodontal disease increases up to 30%. In these cases, Dr. Holley and Dr. Duncan can work with you to develop a more accelerated preventive dentistry plan to keep gum disease at bay.
If you are located in the Austin, Round Rock and Georgetown, Texas area and you would like to improve your smile for any reason, contact us today to schedule a complimentary cosmetic dentistry consultation.