How to Prevent Gum Disease
Gum disease is a common dental issue for many Anchorage folks. When gum tissue pulls away from a tooth, it forms a pocket. This pocket is a warm, moist place for bacteria to flourish. If periodontitis goes untreated, the tooth and jaw bone are at risk. During dental examinations, Dr. Skinner carefully measures gumline pockets and examines all teeth for gum disease.
The possible prevention of gum disease is not the only reason to eat high PUFA foods. These foods pack a nutritional punch and have myriad health benefits. The next time you are stocking up at the Anchorage Costco, you may want to add some salmon and walnuts to your list.
It is important to understand that diet alone will not treat or prevent gum disease, however, it may be an additional tool for maintaining healthy teeth and gums.
Instead of focusing on your diet, focus on your oral hygiene routine instead. For best results, brush twice a day, floss once per day, and visit our dental office every six months for a cleaning and exam. During your appointments, we remove plaque and bacteria from under the gum line which helps prevent gum disease. It also gives us an opportunity to treat early signs of gum disease if we notice them. The sooner we’re able to treat gum disease, the less damage it will cause and the easier your treatment will be.