Preventing periodontal disease begins with performing daily oral hygiene including twice-daily brushing and flossing. In addition to conducting thorough oral hygiene, patients should schedule biannual checkups and cleanings with our dentist. Other than practicing oral hygiene and receiving routine oral healthcare, abstaining from smoking is recommended as this habit irritates the gingiva.
Various factors can contribute to gum disease. The most common is inadequate oral hygiene, which causes inflamed and irritated gums – which is the beginning of gum disease. As tartar accumulates along the gums, the gingiva will recede (pull away from) teeth as an inflammatory response. Recession of the gum line creates space for new tartar deposits to collect. It also leaves the roots of teeth exposed to oral debris.