How patients in the Woodlands area can maintain oral care and avoid the development of gum disease
Dr. Robert G. Dernick in the Conroe area provides patients with a wide selection of general and cosmetic dental treatments in his state-of-the-art facility located in The Woodlands. Patients from Spring regularly visit his practice because of his experience and the welcoming environment. His team is here to help patients with their oral care.
One dental concern that affects millions of Americans is periodontal disease. Periodontal disease, often referred to as gum disease, is a chronic problem that can result in the loss of gum tissue, bone, and natural teeth. Thankfully, this condition is completely avoidable with proper oral health care.
Patients who are faced with dental concerns such as cavities and periodontal disease often ask Dr. Robert G. Dernick, DDS about ways to avoid the development of these problems. Patients are encouraged to practice good dental habits, which include:
Brushing the teeth after every meal with fluoride toothpaste
Flossing at least once a day, preferably at night
Use of an antiseptic mouthwash
Visiting the dentist regularly for cleanings and examinations
Making healthy nutritional choices with foods low in sugars and acids
By following these simple steps to oral health, patients can enjoy the advantages of maintaining a healthy, beautiful smile. However, patients should be well aware of the signs of decay and periodontal disease. If the gums bleed or become red and inflamed, patients may be dealing with the initial stage of periodontal disease known as gingivitis. The condition can be reversed at this point if brought to the attention of a dentist such as Dr. Robert G. Dernick, DDS. He can perform an examination, x-rays, and a deep cleaning to remove plaque, tartar, and bacteria from the mouth that may be causing the condition to develop.
Additionally, studies have shown that periodontal disease can spread through the rest of the body and increase one’s risk for many medical conditions including strokes, heart attacks, and diabetes. This oral systemic connection can have a dramatic effect on one’s overall wellbeing, so by maintaining dental health, patients can maintain the health of their entire body.
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