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Three Tips to Prevent Periodontal Disease

In our first blog post we discussed the “Link Between your Mouth and your Heart.” We defined periodontal disease, also know as gum disease, as an inflammatory condition caused by bacteria affecting the tissue surrounding the roots of the teeth. The blog post concluded that there is a conclusive link between your teeth and your heart health. Periodontal disease can lead to systemic diseases such as cardiovascular disease. In this blog post we will be discussing three tips to prevent periodontal disease.


The good news is that periodontal disease is completely preventable and reversible. Regular and effective tooth brushing and mouth washing, however, are effective only above and slightly below the gum line. Once periodontal disease develops, more intensive treatments are needed. With these three easy tips to prevent periodontal disease, we hope to help you combat this serious health issue or avoid it entirely. But what exactly should you include in your daily oral health routine to make sure you’re not at risk? Here are the answers provided to you from the experienced dental team at Di Loreto Dental Care.


Fact: If brushing after each meal is not possible, rinsing the mouth with water after eating can reduce bacteria by 30%.


Number 1: Daily Dental Routine

– Brush your teeth at least twice a day. This is probably the easiest thing that you can do to prevent gum disease. Brush your teeth once in the morning after breakfast, and once before bedtime.

– Flossing once daily is important as well, as flossing helps to remove any food particles or plaque that may remain in between teeth after brushing. Correct tooth brushing, mouth cleansing, and flossing should be everyone’s defense against periodontal disease.

– Brush your tongue. Did you know that plaque on the tongue can cause bad breath and is an ideal environment for bacteria? In fact, there are even products available called tongue scrapers right next to the toothbrushes at your local drug store.


Not only will your body thank you for this needed maintenance but your loved ones will thank you for not having bad breath. Don’t you just love the feeling of a sparkling clean mouth?


Products to go above and beyond: Fluoride toothpaste, sugar-free gum with xylitol, electronic toothbrush from Sonicare and tongue scraper.


Number 2: Regular Dental Visits

Schedule regular dental checkups and deep cleanings every 6 months. There are limitations to what you can do on your own to prevent periodontal disease. Dr. David Di Loreto has sophisticated technologies that allow him to provide deep cleaning and diagnose problems early. Your dentist will be able to remove plaque that hardens into tartar and clean around your gums in those hard to reach areas. Getting regular treatment will prevent plaque buildup, receding gums, cavities and tooth loss, all of which are associated with periodontal disease. You should have your teeth cleaned professionally at least twice every year.


Gum Disease is relatively painless, and people may not be aware of the problem. That is why a professional examination by your general dentist is very important. If the condition is severe, it may lead to bone loss in the upper and lower jaw. So don’t let it get to that point, see your dentist.


Number 3: Eating Healthy Foods

Eating healthy foods and making well-balanced dietary decisions affect your oral health just as they affect the rest of your body’s health. You have heard for many years that it is important to avoid snacks and drinks with sugar. It is equally important to eat healthy foods that include whole grains, fruits and vegetables. Eating healthy can boost the body’s immune system, allowing it to fight bacteria formed in the mouth. Look for foods that are high in vitamins C, A and E, along with other key antioxidants like bioflavonoid and zinc, in your diet. Drinking plenty of water increases the production of saliva, reducing the chances for the bacteria that cause gum disease to thrive. Good nutrition is important for adult and is vital for children. For more information on making healthy food decisions ask Dr. David Di Loreto during your oral health exam.


Tasty treats that are also healthy: Mozzarella and other cheeses, peanuts, yogurt, and milk are good for your teeth. They help clear the mouth of harmful sugars and protect against plaque.


Periodontal disease is a serious condition. Dr. David Di Loreto is an expert in diagnosing and preventing gum disease. We hope these three easy tips to preventing periodontal disease are helpful. In addition avoid smoking to help prevent gum disease. Smoking causes dryness in the mouth, creating a favorable environment for bacteria to grow and do damage. Since more than one half of the cases of periodontal disease affecting American adults can be attributed to cigarette smoking, researchers now believe that smoking may be the major preventable risk factor for the disease.


As your trusted, lifelong dental partners, Dr. David Di Loreto in Detroit, MI wants to keep you and your loved ones as healthy as possible. Let us know if you have any other questions about your oral health. And share this information with someone you know by clicking on one of the links below. Staying informed helps us all stay healthier.