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February is not only the month of love but also a time to raise awareness about gum disease, a common yet often overlooked oral health issue. At Frankel Dentistry, we believe that education is key to preventing and treating gum disease effectively!

Stages of gum disease

Understanding Gum Disease:

Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is a bacterial infection that affects the tissues surrounding the teeth. It typically starts with gingivitis, characterized by red, swollen gums that may bleed during brushing or flossing. If left untreated, gingivitis can progress to periodontitis, causing irreversible damage to the gums and underlying bone, leading to tooth loss.

Over 47% of American adults struggle with gum disease. The good news is that gum disease is largely preventable with proper oral hygiene and regular dental care. Here are some essential tips for preventing gum disease:

Brush and Floss Daily: Brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss once daily to remove plaque and bacteria from between the teeth and along the gumline.

Attend Regular Dental Checkups: Schedule biannual dental checkups and cleanings with us at Firestone Family Dental. During these visits, we can detect early signs of gum disease and provide personalized preventive care.

Eat a Balanced Diet: A diet rich in fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains provides essential nutrients that support gum health. Limit sugary snacks and beverages, as they can contribute to plaque buildup and gum inflammation.

Avoid Tobacco Use: Smoking and tobacco use are significant risk factors for gum disease. Quitting smoking can improve your oral health and reduce your risk of developing periodontal problems.

Manage Stress: Stress can weaken the immune system and increase the risk of gum disease. Practice stress-reduction techniques such as exercise, meditation, or deep breathing to maintain overall well-being.

This Gum Disease Awareness Month, empower yourself with knowledge and take proactive steps to protect your gums and preserve your smile! Remember, early detection and intervention are key to successful gum disease management. If you have any concerns about your gum health or would like to schedule a dental checkup, don’t hesitate to contact us at Firestone Family Dental. Together, we can work towards achieving optimal oral health and a lifetime of happy, healthy smiles!

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