Your Henderson Dentist's Guide to Preventing Gum Disease

Your Henderson Dentist's Guide to Preventing Gum Disease

Posted by Christensen Dental Feb 14, 2024

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Christensen Dental’s Guide to Preventing Gum Disease


Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is a common yet often overlooked oral health concern that can have serious consequences if left untreated. Your gums play a crucial role in supporting your teeth and overall oral health, as well as your overall health in general.  It is important to understand gum disease and take proactive steps to keep your gums healthy. In this article, we'll discuss the causes and symptoms of gum disease, as well as provide practical tips for maintaining optimal gum health.


Understanding Gum Disease

Gum disease is primarily caused by the buildup of plaque – a sticky film of bacteria – on the teeth and along the gumline. This is removed with flossing, regular brushing at home, and consistent visits to our Henderson dental office to see one of our hygienists.  If not removed through regular brushing and flossing, plaque can harden into tartar, leading to inflammation of the gums (gingivitis) and, if left untreated, progressing to more severe forms of gum disease.  Once it progresses to this point, tartar cannot be removed by simply brushing at home, making regular visits to Christensen Dental even more critical.


Common symptoms of gum disease include:

- Red, swollen, or tender gums

- Gums that bleed easily, especially during brushing or flossing

- Persistent bad breath

- Receding gums or changes in the way your teeth fit together when you bite

- Pus between your gums and teeth

- Loose or shifting teeth


Preventive Measures for Healthy Gums

The good news is that gum disease is largely preventable with proper oral hygiene and regular dental care. Here are some essential tips for maintaining healthy gums:


1. Brush and floss regularly: Brush your teeth at least twice a day, and floss once a day to remove plaque and food particles from between your teeth and along the gumline.  The official name for the most effective brushing technique is the Bass technique.  This is done in four easy steps.  Hold the toothbrush parallel to your teeth, tilt the brush to a 45-degree angle, angle the brush so the bristles are slightly under the gumline, and with gentle pressure, using a circular motion 15 to 20 times before moving to the next area.


2. Use an antimicrobial mouthwash: Rinsing with an antimicrobial mouthwash can help reduce plaque and prevent gingivitis.


3. Maintain a balanced diet: A diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, and low in sugary and starchy foods, can contribute to better oral health.


4. Quit smoking: Smoking weakens your immune system and makes it harder for your body to fight off a gum infection, so quitting smoking is crucial for gum health.


5. Schedule regular dental check-ups: Professional cleanings and regular dental exams at our Henderson dental office are essential for identifying and addressing gum disease in its early stages.  Our hygienists have decades of experience in recognizing and helping patients tackle the early stages of gum disease, as well as Advanced Periodontitis


Treatment Options for Gum Disease

If you suspect that you have gum disease, it's important to seek professional dental care promptly. Depending on the severity of the condition, treatment options may include professional cleanings, scaling and root planing, antibiotics, and in advanced cases, surgical interventions such as gum grafting or flap surgery.  We also work together with local Periodontists should you need to see a specialist to bring your mouth back to a stable, healthy level.


Maintaining healthy gums is an essential part of overall oral health. By practicing good oral hygiene, making healthy lifestyle choices, and regular dental care with Christensen Dental, you can significantly reduce your risk of developing gum disease and enjoy a lifetime of healthy smiles. Remember, your gums are worth the effort – take care of them, and they'll take care of you!

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