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Perio and Building the Foundation of Good Oral Health 

added on: September 14, 2023

Periodontics is the area of dentistry concerned with the areas around the teeth, such as the gums. When these structures aren’t properly cared for, they can become a pitfall when it comes to having optimal oral health. Gums are integral for healthy tooth roots and they also serve as a protective barrier against harmful bacteria. 

Smilebuilderz strives to educate patients about healthy oral habits, such as regular cleanings and consistent at-home care. Taking care of your gum health and spotting potential symptoms of gum disease before they spread is integral to preventing internal inflammation, infection, and a host of other health problems.

How Does Gum Disease Impact Oral Health? 

Aside from impacting oral health, periodontal diseases can go as far as impacting a patient’s overall physical health as well. Fighting inflammation and infection doesn’t lead to a healthy lifestyle and should be handled as proactively as possible for the best possible outcome. 

Gum disease can be linked to health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis, and even some cancers. Those suffering from a severe state of periodontal disease can experience worsening blood glucose control, which can potentially lead to the onset of diabetes. The other way around, those with diabetes are inherently more susceptible to bacterial infections which have been linked to causing gum disease. The inextricable link is a clear indicator of how important perio health is.

Practice These Habits to Improve Oral Health  

Gum disease is best prevented by proactive care and healthy oral health habits. When plaque and bacteria are allowed to build up on the teeth, infection can occur and puts a patient at increased risk of developing gingivitis, the early stage of gum disease. 

Eating a healthy, well-balanced diet is also a key part of a healthy mouth and gum structure. Adequate vitamin C can strengthen gums and protect against gingivitis. Gum disease is preventable with the correct tools and habits in place. If the disease develops and is caught early, it’s easily managed with the help of a dental professional

Lancaster and Ephrata Dental Cleanings  

Smilebuilderz recommends a professional dental cleaning twice a year. Our hygiene team provides top-quality care in a comfortable, welcoming environment. We’re able to schedule appointments during the evenings and on the weekend, to ensure you can snag a time most convenient for your lifestyle.  

Hygiene appointments at smilebuilderz include an oral exam, which is used to examine the gums and soft tissue to catch any issues should they arise. Oral cancer screenings are also an important part of regular checkups. If any warning signs are found or there is an active perio infection, there are periodontal treatments available.