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How Do You Prevent Gum Disease?

According to studies from the Centers for Disease Control, half of adults over 30 suffer from some form of periodontal disease. Without treatment, gum disease can lead to major discomfort, as well as a risk of adult tooth loss. How do you prevent gum disease? With a focus on proper homecare and routine visits with the dentist, you can help protect your smile.

Common Questions About Gum Disease Prevention

Question: What causes the disease to develop?

Answer: Gum disease develops when untreated inflammation allows bacteria to infiltrate pockets at the gum line. The pockets form as a result of plaque buildup, a sticky biofilm that coats the teeth as bacteria breaks down food particles and multiply. Causes of inflammation may include poor oral hygiene, medications, certain illnesses, or a family history of periodontal problems.

Question: How do I protect my smile from home?

Answer: You need to avoid habits that could worsen inflammation, such as smoking. You also need to make sure you’re cleaning your teeth properly. You need to brush your teeth twice a day and floss once a day. Doing so can reduce the severity of plaque buildup, protecting your smile from serious inflammation and reducing the risk of gum disease forming.

Question: How often do I need a cleaning?

Answer: You should have your teeth cleaned twice a year, which allows the dentist to completely remove plaque buildup from the teeth.

Question: What warning signs should I be aware of?

Answer: You should be aware of any changes to your smile, especially your gums. If they suddenly appear redder than normal, feel sensitive, or bleed easily when you brush or floss, you could have inflammation. Other symptoms may include swelling or recession of the gums. Don’t ignore these warning signs, see your dentist right away.

Do You Have Questions About Gum Disease?

At Vi Mai-Truong, DDS, we can help protect your smile from periodontal problems. For our patients who don’t speak English, our office is fluent in both Spanish and Vietnamese. To schedule an appointment, call our Garland, TX office today at (972) 530-0552.



Dr. Mai and her team provide excellent patient care to prevent dental conditions from developing. We monitor your smile with checkups and regular cleanings incorporating advanced technology.
To treat and transform your smile, we can offer fillings and crowns to restore your smile to optimal health, function, and beauty.
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