Oral hygiene

Preventing and Managing Periodontal Disease is Important

Mar 28 • 2 minute read

Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is a common oral health problem that affects a large number of people worldwide. This disease is caused by the buildup of plaque and tartar on teeth, leading to the inflammation of the gums and damage to the surrounding tissues and bones that support the teeth.

Preventing periodontal disease is crucial because if left untreated, it can cause serious health problems that go beyond the mouth. Here are some reasons why it's important to take care of your gums and prevent periodontal disease:

  1. Protects Your Teeth: Periodontal disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults. As the gums and bones supporting the teeth are damaged, teeth can become loose and eventually fall out. By preventing periodontal disease, you can protect your teeth and keep them healthy for a lifetime.

  2. Reduces Risk of Heart Disease: Research has shown that there is a strong link between periodontal disease and heart disease. The bacteria that cause gum disease can enter the bloodstream and travel to other parts of the body, including the heart, where they can cause inflammation and damage. By preventing periodontal disease, you can reduce your risk of developing heart disease.

  3. Improves Diabetes Management: People with diabetes are more susceptible to periodontal disease, and gum disease can make it harder to control blood sugar levels. By preventing periodontal disease, people with diabetes can better manage their condition and reduce their risk of complications.

  4. Protects Your Pregnancy: Pregnant women with periodontal disease are at a higher risk of complications, including premature birth and low birth weight. By preventing periodontal disease, pregnant women can protect the health of their baby and reduce the risk of complications.

  5. Improves Your Overall Health: Poor oral health has been linked to a number of health problems, including respiratory infections, dementia, and kidney disease. By preventing periodontal disease, you can improve your overall health and reduce your risk of developing these and other health problems.

So, what can you do to prevent periodontal disease? The most important thing is to maintain good oral hygiene habits, such as brushing twice a day, flossing daily, and visiting your dentist regularly for checkups and cleanings. You should also avoid smoking and limit your intake of sugary and acidic foods and drinks.

In conclusion, preventing periodontal disease is important not only for your oral health but also for your overall health and well-being. By taking care of your gums and teeth, you can protect yourself from serious health problems and enjoy a healthy, happy life.


Ashton Hecox, D.D.S.

Hecox Dentistry

Dentist in Gothenburg Nebraska, Dawson County

Hecox Dentistry
Ashton W. Hecox, D.D.S. & Mike W. Hecox, D.D.S.
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