Now that we’ve covered the basics of periodontal disease, the symptoms, and how the infection can affect the rest of your body, all of us at Jack T. Kayton III, DDS want to talk about the importance of prevention.
Preventing gum disease is the best way to keep your mouth, and your body, safe from the harmful bacteria found in periodontal disease. And prevention is actually quite simple.
So how do you care for your gums to prevent gum disease before it starts?
Brush 2-3 times a day for 2-3 minutes with a soft toothbrush and an anti-plaque toothpaste.
Floss once a day, and rinse twice a day with a good mouthwash.
Avoid sticky sweet foods – prolonged contact can damage teeth.
Don’t smoke. Using tobacco multiplies your risk of gum disease by six times and makes it harder to treat.
Combining all of these practices will greatly reduce your chances of developing gum disease in the first place. In fact, brushing and flossing – daily habits that take around five minutes – can actually add years to your life!
Most importantly, visiting your dentist in Charlottesville at least twice a year for cleanings and thorough exams is the best way to make sure that periodontal disease is not present and to ensure a healthy overall body. If we do find active periodontal disease, don’t worry. As scary as it sounds, it is relatively easy to treat and even easier if caught early.
If you’re due for a checkup or if you’re concerned about your gum health, call our Charlottesville dental office at 855-599-5581 today. We’ll perform an in-depth exam. And together, we can stop gum disease and keep you healthy for life.
Dr. Kayton and all of his wonderful staff are friendly, professional, and competent. I’ve sent friends and family to them for years.
Great, pain-free dentistry, and a wonderful group of people! My teeth and gums are in better shape than they were when I was far younger, thanks to the great teamwork of Dr. Kayton and his outstanding dental technicians! Two thumbs up!
Excellent visit as always!
Dr. Kayton and his team took good care of me and did a great job. I have my beautiful smile back!
What a great experience. It’s always difficult to find a good dentist when you move to a new area. I look forward to my next visit.
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Dr. Kayton and his staff are professional, friendly, and caring people. Every experience with them has been superb. I highly recommend this practice.
I completely trusted Dr. Kayton. He offers the highest tech equipment, has the nicest staff and takes the time to make sure you understand his evaluation.
Painless dentistry. Dedicated and compassionate staff. Efficient. The most complicated dental work I have had has been done here; also the most pleasant and painless.