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What Is Gum Disease And How Can You Prevent It?

Last updated 7 years ago

Oral hygiene is an important part of most people’s daily routine. But a lot of people don’t realize how easy it is for your toothbrush to miss areas of your mouth, leaving them at risk for plaque build up. This build up can eventually lead to serious dental problems, such as gum disease—a disease that can lead to other illnesses.

Fortunately, laser gum therapy is now available to help treat gum disease. But it’s far better to not have to deal with gum disease in the first place.

  • Your mouth is constantly producing plaque. If you do not brush and floss properly everyday, then you may develop a build up of plaque. This build up could eventually lead to swelling, inflammation, and infection. This is known as gingivitis and is the first stage of gum disease.
  • If left untreated, gingivitis can develop into periodontitis—the more serious stage of gum disease. This condition destroys your tissue and enamel over time, leading to tooth loss. Symptoms of gum disease can include bleeding and swelling of the gums, bad breath, and tooth sensitivity.

But there are many ways that you can prevent gum disease. These include:

  • Drinking plenty of water to neutralize the bacteria caused by plaque.
  • Brush and floss twice a day, everyday. Make sure to reach all of your teeth and every part of your mouth with your toothbrush.
  • As a rule, visit your dentist once every six months.
  • Eat healthy. Junk food is bad for your teeth and puts you at further risk for gum disease.

Should you find yourself suffering the symptoms of gum disease, you should visit a dental specialist immediately. Here at Colorado Advanced Dentistry, we offer the best in laser gum treatment. We use the most advanced laser technology for our LANAP laser gum treatment services. Come see us today for more information!


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