No, we’re not giving you ideas about how you can sneak out of our practice through a secret exit when you need periodontal care. We are here to inform you about some easy ways to avoid the need for this type of care, however, which becomes necessary for patients dealing with gum disease. Fortunately, while there are multiple approaches to keeping your gums healthy, there are a few tried-and-true ways to keep inflammation from occurring at all. Even better: These approaches are generally all-around beneficial for your entire smile, as well!
#1: Don’t Lay Off The Flossing
Even if your smile seems exceptionally clean and healthy, there’s never a good reason to set the floss aside. Floss once a day every single day for the rest of your life to protect yourself from requiring periodontal care (and other types of dental services to repair problems).
#2: Remember To Brush Your Gumline, Too
Flossing is just as essential as brushing. However, brushing will only protect your periodontal health if you’re running your brush along the tissue at your gumline, too. Food and plaque becomes trapped there, often rapidly leading to inflammation.
#3: Do What It Takes To Schedule Care With Us
Maybe you’re someone who tends to overlook your twice-annual visits with us. Perhaps you convince yourself fairly consistently that you don’t need to come in for a visit because your smile seems so perfectly healthy. No matter the reason you aren’t scheduling care, it will always yield the same result: Plaque accumulation and the formation of tartar, which can lead to gum disease, decay, and a need for restorative and periodontal care. Talk with us, set reminders on your phone, send yourself notes: Just remember to come in twice a year.