Understanding gum disease and the importance of preventive care in Hanford, CA

Gum disease can happen to anyone. It often starts when food particles and bacteria at the gum line are not properly removed. As it hardens into tartar, it causes irritation, redness, or swelling of the gums. If caught early, gum disease can be reversed. However, if it continues to progress, it can spread and cause damage to soft tissues, teeth, and overall health. It is important to note that gum disease can be prevented with proper oral health care such as brushing, flossing, and regular dental visits.

Preventive dentistry is a common phrase that encompasses the education and treatment necessary to avoid the development of dental disease. Dr. Nikunj Raiyani of the Hanford Family Dental Center is committed to ensuring that his patients have the care they need in his office, and the education to maintain good home oral healthcare habits.

Preventative dentistry has two important components.
  • First, is the education and healthy habits that take place at home. These habits include proper tooth brushing (ideally after every meal to remove food particles and bacteria that can cause plaque and tartar build up), flossing, proper nutrition (limiting high-concentrations of sugary foods and beverages), and not smoking or using tobacco products.
  • Second, and equally important, is the care that takes place in the dentist’s office. Bi-annual visits to have teeth professionally cleaned and examined are critical to keeping gum disease at bay, and to immediately reverse any infection that may be starting under the gum line.
Preventive dentistry should begin in infancy, right after a child’s first tooth has erupted. The gums should be gently cleaned when the child is a baby, and parents should introduce brushing in toddlerhood. Older children, teenagers, and adults should continue to practice these healthy habits and keep up with regular dental appointments to ensure proper care of their teeth and mouth through their adult years. Older adults can benefit from learning how to properly care for their dentures.

This combination of at home and in office dental care over a lifetime ensures that gum disease and other oral problems such as cavities, bad breath, and tooth erosion, are identified early and treated before they become significant. The results are a healthy mouth, a beautiful smile, reduced risk of permanent tooth or gum damage, and overall health and well-being.

For a better understanding of how you can prevent gum disease and other oral health ailments, call the Hanford Family Dental Center today at 559-530-8080.

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