Most people will experience periodontal problems at one time or another. We know that gum disease can lead to tooth loss and heart disease, too, which is just part of the reasons we want to keep your gums as healthy as they can be.

For Gum Disease Awareness Month, we are sharing three simple steps that everyone can take to fight back against this condition.

1. Brush and Floss

Most people brush their teeth daily. However, surveys show that less than half of people floss daily, too. Flossing — with dental floss, flossers, or a water flosser — is needed to clean the spaces that your toothbrush can’t reach well. Namely, you need to floss to remove bacteria, plaque, and food particles between your teeth and gums.

2. Visit Your Dentist

No matter how well you brush and floss, you also need checkups a few times each year. By making us part of your routine, you will receive a professional cleaning to remove plaque and tartar buildup. We’ll also examine your mouth for any signs of a gum infection.

3. Treat Any Problems

If you notice any signs of infection — e.g. bleeding gums, bad breath, or loose teeth — then you should schedule gum disease treatment as soon as possible. This can get your smile back on track and prevent the more serious consequences of periodontal disease.

Call Oasis Dental in Vancouver, WA at 360-226-8264 or in Ridgefield, WA at 360-869-0795 to prevent or treat gum problems and more. You also can schedule your visit online