How preventive care from your periodontist in San Diego, CA, can help you enjoy a healthy smile.
Preventive care, including brushing and flossing, are the key elements to maintaining your periodontal health. Your periodontist can help too, by performing regular periodontal therapy treatment. Dr. Joseph Yang at Scripps Ranch Periodontics & Implants in San Diego, CA, offers a wide range of periodontal services to help you enjoy a healthy smile.
The periodontium is the support system holding your teeth, and your smile, in place. The periodontium includes periodontal ligaments and fibers which surround your teeth and the bone which supports your teeth. When any part of the periodontium becomes infected or damaged by bacteria, you have periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is serious, and it can destroy your smile.
How can you prevent periodontal disease? By practicing excellent preventive care, which includes:
- Brushing your teeth after meals and before bed. Many people prefer an electric or sonic toothbrush because of its flushing action, to remove plaque, debris, and food particles.
- Flossing at least once each day using either waxed or unwaxed floss, or floss picks if you have arthritis or dexterity issues. Make sure to wrap the floss in a “C” shape around the widest part of each tooth as you clean in between your teeth. This helps keep the floss firmly against the surface of your tooth, so it cleans better.
- Visiting your dentist or periodontist is a vital part of preventive care too. Your dental provider can discuss a treatment plan with you, combining all of the important steps to keep you on track for a healthy smile.
Whether you need regular dental cleanings to prevent gum disease, or supportive periodontal therapy treatments to manage periodontal disease, your dentist or periodontist knows how to keep you smiling.
To find out more about the importance of preventive care and your periodontal health, talk with an expert. Call Dr. Yang of Scripps Ranch Periodontics & Implants in San Diego, CA, at (858) 578-2205 today.