National Flossing Day: A Good Reminder To Fight Gum Disease

Thanksgiving falls on Nov. 24, and that makes Nov. 25 … Black Friday? Yes, but it’s also National Flossing Day, which is a great time to discuss gum disease prevention.

Gum disease prevention is an important part of the general care we provide at our dentist office for families in and around Geismar, LA. We also have non-surgical techniques for removing the cause of your infection.

And if you need a periodontal treatment, please call 225-963-5548 or contact us online to schedule an appointment soon.


Gum Disease Prevention

Dr. Bessonet and the staff at Ascension Premier Dental prefer preventive care over treatment whenever possible.

In the case of gum disease, you can do this by following the three steps recommended by the American Dental Association.

Step one is brushing your teeth. More specifically, you should brush your teeth for two minutes at a time, twice daily. Scrub your teeth on all sides with a soft-bristled toothbrush and a pea-sized squeeze of fluoride toothpaste.

Also, brush your tongue and spit out the toothpaste when you are finished.

Step two is cleaning between your teeth. You can use any kind of dental floss to do this. However, there are alternatives for people who don’t like flossing. Flossers, water flossers, and interdental brushes can be found in most toothpaste aisles.

Step three is visiting the dentist office for professional cleanings and examinations. At Ascension Premier Dental, one of our dental hygienists will give your mouth a thorough cleaning to remove any plaque or tartar buildup.

We’ll also examine your mouth closely for any signs of gum disease or other oral health problems.

Schedule a cleaning now if you have not yet made your next routine dental appointment.


Do You Know The Symptoms Of Gum Disease?

Our dental professionals look at your mouth different than you might, but you can still learn some of the signs of periodontal disease.

Knowing the signs can help you take action to remove the infection and keep your mouth healthy.

Healthy gums should look pink and feel somewhat firm. That’s the starting point and the place where you want them to stay.

In the early stages of gum disease, your gums can appear red, swollen, or both. Your gums also may bleed when you brush or floss your teeth.

Often, this is an indication that you have not been flossing like you should. Many times following the ADA guidelines can help reverse your gum disease at this stage.

If you have advanced gum disease, also known as periodontitis, then flossing is not going to be enough to remove the infection from your mouth.

Here are the symptoms of periodontitis:

◼︎ Gums that bleed easier

◼︎ Gums that feel painful, tender, or sore

◼︎ Constant bad breath or bad taste in your mouth

◼︎ Pus leaking from your gums

◼︎ Gums that are separating from your teeth

◼︎ Teeth that feel loose in your mouth

In the advanced stages of gum disease, bacteria can start attacking the jawbone that holds your teeth in place. This combined with receding gums are a big part of why gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in the United States.

Call Ascension Premier Dental at 225-963-5548 to make an appointment as soon as you notice any of the symptoms listed above. We can use techniques like scaling and root planing to remove bacteria, plaque, and tartar. The can set the stage for your gums to heal.


Are You At Risk For Gum Disease?

You also should be aware that some people have a higher risk of developing gum disease. Here are the factors you should know about:

▸ Using tobacco

▸ Having diabetes

▸ Poor oral hygiene habits

▸ Poor nutrition

▸ Family history of gum disease

▸ Hormonal changes (e.g. puberty, pregnancy, and menopause)

▸ Substance abuse

▸ Certain medications

Tobacco also makes it harder to treat gum disease, and it makes it more likely that your gum disease will return. Diabetes, alcohol use, and some medications can increase your risk of dry mouth, which makes it easier for bacteria to infect gum tissue.

Everyone should remember to brush and floss daily. If you have any of the risk factors mentioned above, take that as a reason to take your dental hygiene seriously.


Here To Help With Gum Disease

The Centers For Disease Control estimates that nearly half of adults have some form of gum disease. That’s another good reminder to take care of your gums.

Part of doing that should include routine cleanings and exams at our dentist office in Geismar, LA

To make an appointment at Ascension Premier Dental, contact us online or call 225-963-5548.