How your dentists in Katonah, New York can help the health of your smile
Gum disease affects many people and it affects both the young and the old, both women and men, and it can lead to more serious complications and affect your overall health. The good news is gum disease can be treated. Dr. Enyoung Park and Dr. Terry Lin at ParkLin Dental in Katonah, New York offer a full range of treatments to help your gums and teeth get healthy and stay healthy.
Gum disease is caused by the bacteria contained in the plaque which forms on your teeth. The bacteria cause inflammation, which leads to swelling, redness, and bleeding. In fact, you may have gum disease if you notice:
- Your gums bleed during brushing and flossing
- Your gums look red, swollen, or puffy
- Your gums are irritated or painful
- You notice chronic bad breath or a sour taste in your mouth
If you think you have gum disease, you must begin a program of great oral hygiene, which includes:
Brushing after each meal and before bed; use a soft-bristled toothbrush and brush in a gentle circular motion on all surfaces of all teeth and along the gumline. Many people prefer a sonic or electric toothbrush because of its flushing action.
Floss at least once each day; use either waxed or unwaxed floss and wrap it around the tooth as you go down in between your teeth. This wrapping action helps the floss to stay on the tooth surface and remove plaque more efficiently. You can use floss picks instead of a piece of floss if you have arthritis or other dexterity issues.
Visiting your dentist at least once each year for a thorough dental exam including x-rays; visiting your dentist regularly can make the difference and help prevent gum disease from turning into periodontal disease, which damages the bone supporting your teeth.
Visiting your dental hygienist at least every six months for a thorough dental cleaning; your hygienist will remove the hard and soft deposits on your teeth.
Gum disease can be treated and you can achieve a healthy smile, but you have to get started. To find out more about keeping your smile healthy and avoiding gum and periodontal disease, call Dr. Enyoung Park and Dr. Terry Lin at ParkLin Dental in Katonah, New York today!