FAQs: How Do I Prevent Gum Disease?

On Tuesday, we looked at our treatments for gum disease, including scaling and root planing and laser dentistry. Today, we’re going to look at ways you can prevent gum disease from forming. With a focus on preventive measures and regular visits to the dentist, you can help strengthen your oral health and reduce the risk of periodontal disease.

Common Questions About Preventing Gum Disease

Question: Does smoking impact my risk?

Answer: Yes! When you smoke or use tobacco, you have a higher risk of developing periodontitis, the advanced stage of periodontal disease that can cause a greater chance of tooth loss developing. We urge patient to stop smoking or using tobacco products right away.

Question: Should I brush and floss?

Answer: Absolutely! Brushing your teeth, and especially flossing your teeth, removes food particles and helps reduce the severity of plaque buildup. Plaque can irritate the gums and make the chance of gum disease occurring more likely. You should brush your teeth for two minutes each session in the morning and again before bed. You also need to floss each night before you go to sleep.

Question: How often should I have my teeth cleaned?

Answer: You should see your dentist for a cleaning every six months. While brushing and flossing limit the severity of plaque buildup, only a cleaning can completely remove the accumulated plaque and tartar from the surface of your teeth.

Question: What symptoms indicate the need for treatment?

Answer: Should you begin to notice changes in your gums, see your dentist. These changes could mean soreness, redness, or bleeding when you brush or floss your teeth. If you have any questions about treating or preventing gum disease, please contact our team today!


Dr. Brent Engelberg and our highly-skilled team proudly serve patients and their families from Arlington Heights, IL, and all surrounding communities, including: Northbrook, Deerfield, Highland Park, Wilmette, Winnetka, Glencoe, Vernon Hills, Lincolnshire, Libertyville, Skokie, Evanston, Palatine, Schaumburg, Elk Grove Village, Rolling Meadows, and the Northern and Northwest Chicago Suburbs. To learn more, schedule a consultation online, or call our office today at 847-259-8030.


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