Dr. William Strutz is committed to assisting you in safeguarding your oral health and preventing the onset of gum disease. By actively taking steps to prevent periodontal disease, you not only ensure better oral hygiene but also avoid the need for more extensive and expensive treatments down the road.

The primary strategy for preventing gum disease begins with establishing a robust oral hygiene routine at home. Here are some essential guidelines we recommend:

  1. Regular Brushing: Brush your teeth at least twice a day, with the ideal practice being to brush after each meal and before bedtime. This helps eliminate food particles and plaque that can lead to gum disease.
  2. Daily Flossing: Flossing daily is crucial in reaching the areas between your teeth and along the gumline where your toothbrush may not effectively clean.
  3. Antibacterial Mouth Rinse: Consider incorporating an antibacterial mouthwash into your routine. This can help reduce harmful bacteria and plaque in your mouth.
  4. Routine Dental Checkups: Schedule dental appointments at least twice a year for routine preventive care. Many cases of gum disease can develop without causing noticeable pain or discomfort. Regular dental exams are vital for early detection and timely treatment.

It is important to be aware that certain risk factors can increase your susceptibility to gum disease. These factors include:

  • Smoking or Tobacco Use: Tobacco products are known to increase the risk of gum disease.
  • Poor Dental Hygiene: Inadequate oral care practices can lead to the accumulation of plaque and tartar, which can contribute to gum disease.
  • Family History: A family history of gum disease may raise your predisposition to the condition.
  • Pregnancy: Hormonal changes during pregnancy can make gums more susceptible to gum disease.
  • Systemic Health Conditions: Certain systemic health conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease, and osteoporosis, are associated with an increased risk of gum disease.

For additional information on gum disease prevention in Shawnee, Kansas, or to schedule an appointment with our experienced periodontist, please contact our office at 913-268-0808. We are here to support your oral health and wellbeing.

Contact us today to learn more about periodontal care and schedule your personal consultation with Dr. Strutz!

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