Would you be surprised to learn that you have a disease which may lead to major health issues and yet, you are totally unaware? For many Americans this is their predicament. Gum disease affects a huge portion of the population including over 70% of those 65 years of age or older. Dr. Steven Van Wicklen, has been assisting patients fight gum disease for many years.
Q: So how can I prevent gum disease?
A: Good oral hygiene and a healthy lifestyle are important to reduce your chances of gum disease. There are several pro-active steps you can take to help prevent periodontal disease, but the first step is good brushing after every meal, proper flossing, and regularly scheduled dental cleanings.
Q: Does my diet have something to with preventing periodontal disease?
A: It sure does. Limiting the frequency and amount of sugar intake is a key to preventing gum disease as well as the possibility of cavities. Snacking and sipping sugary treats is a recipe for disaster for gum health.
Q: Is tobacco a factor?
A: Tobacco is a leading cause of gum disease. Both the smoking and the chewing of tobacco have proven to be extremely unhealthy in many ways, but particularly to your gums.
Q: Does medication have an impact on causing gum disease?
A: It very well may if you are taking oral contraceptives, anti-depressants, or some heart medications. Ask your dentist or pharmacist for further information.
Q: How do I know if I already have gum disease?
A: The following symptoms are warning signs of periodontal disease:
- Red, inflamed, or shiny gums
- Bleeding of gums during brushing or flossing
- Loose teeth
- Bad breath
About Your Austin Dentist:
Since 1985, Dr. Steven Van Wicklen has been providing expert general, cosmetic and restorative dentistry services to patients and families in Austin, Round Rock, Pflugerville, Bastrop, Bee Cave, Cedar Park, and all surrounding communities. To schedule your consultation, call our office today at (512) 448-3131.