Practicing preventive dental care can save you time, money, and a hassle in the long run. Gum disease is a progressive oral health concern that affects the gum, teeth, and bone structure. Typically, gum disease is caused by bacteria in plaque that builds up in between the teeth and on the gums. The bacteria will begin to spread and may lead to irritation, inflammation, and infection of the gums.
When gum disease is left unaddressed, patients may experience loose, shifting teeth. In advanced cases, as the connective tissue and bone structure begins to break down, the teeth may eventually fall out.
The goal is to prevent gum disease or catch it in its earliest stages. Knoxville, TN dentist, Dr. Pamela Cain offers a full range of preventive dental care, periodontal therapy, and restorative dentistry services at Today’s Dentistry. Dr. Cain can work with you to help you make informed decisions regarding your oral health. Depending on your needs, Dr. Cain may coordinate with Hardin Valley periodontist, Dr. Robert Cain.
For full-service dental care, visit Today’s Dentistry in Knoxville, TN.
Gum Disease Prevention
Gum disease is preventable with proper dental care and regular visits to a trusted dentist. Dr. Cain can work with you in developing a preventive care plan that is just right for you. In the meantime, try to incorporate these key gum disease prevention tips.
- Brush your teeth! Most dentists recommend patients brush their teeth at least twice a day. Brushing helps remove harmful bacteria and debris from the teeth.
- Floss between your teeth. Flossing is an integral part of a complete oral hygiene routine. Flossing helps remove debris, food particles, and bacteria that is hiding between the teeth.
- Incorporate mouthwash into your oral hygiene routine. Mouthwash helps remove plaque buildup and bacteria that regular brushing and flossing do not remove.
- Visit the dentist for your biannual exam. Dr. Cain recommends that patients visit Today’s Dentistry at least twice a year for a full preventive care exam. During a preventive care exam, Dr. Cain can thoroughly examine the teeth, mouth, gums, and muscles for any signs of dysfunction. With the results from your comprehensive exam, Dr. Cain can develop a treatment plan that addresses all of your needs.
Schedule A Dental Exam
Gum disease is a progressive oral health concern that gets worse if it is left untreated. Under the care of a highly trained dentist, gum disease and any damage caused by gum disease can be effectively treated. Dr. Cain can work with you to restore health and function to your natural smile. To learn more about our services, call (865) 276-7173 or schedule an appointment online.