There are many factors that contribute to a healthy and attractive smile. According to the American Dental Association (ADA) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), everyone should go to the dentist at least once or in some cases twice a year (depending on individual gum disease risk) for an oral exam and dental cleaning. In addition to preventive dental care, lifestyle factors like diet, smoking, and oral hygiene habits (the frequency with which you brush and floss your teeth) also play an important role in the overall health and wellness of your teeth and gums. The dentists at Karls Family Dentistry in Waunakee, WI, Dr. Matthew Karls and Dr. Stanley Karls, offer a range of restorative and cosmetic dental services for the entire family.
Gum Disease Prevention and Treatment in Waunakee, WI
Despite many advancements in diagnostic and treatment options for oral health issues like periodontal (gum) disease, it remains a very common problem that continues to affect millions of Americans of all ages each year. On the mild end of the spectrum is gingivitis, which causes inflammation and bleeding in the gums. If left untreated, gum disease gets progressively worse and can result in full blown periodontitis, which can lead to tooth loss.
Tips for a Good Oral Hygiene Routine
The best way to preserve (or restore) your oral health is to consistently practice good oral hygiene habits, including:
- Brush teeth after meals (make sure to use the right brush for your teeth, and brush thoroughly between teeth and gums)
- Floss every day (It does not have to be at night. Find the time of day that works best in your schedule and try to stick to the same time every day until it becomes as natural as brushing your teeth)
- Stay hydrated
- Don't forget to gently clean your tongue
- Avoid excessive sugar consumption and tobacco
Find a Dentist in Waunakee, WI
For more information about gum disease prevention and treatment and to discuss your individual risk and oral health needs, contact Karls Family Dentistry by calling (608) 849-4100 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Matthew Karls and Dr. Stanley Karls today.