Gum disease is an often overlooked, but serious oral health condition. With eight out of ten people in America suffering from some form of periodontal disease, prevention and awareness are imperative for keeping your teeth and gums healthy. At our dental office in Brighton, Dr. Villani takes periodontal care seriously, with advanced gum disease treatment and a periodontist on staff.

Preventing Gum Disease

Like most dental health conditions, prevention lies mostly in your hands. The tools you need to keep your gums healthy are a toothbrush, floss, and a phone to schedule regular dental checkups and cleanings with our Brighton dentist. While brushing and flossing daily can help, professional dental cleanings are necessary to remove plaque buildup left behind from your daily oral hygiene. The American Dental Association recommends scheduling dental checkups and cleanings every six months to help you prevent periodontal disease as well as an array of other health problems.

Your Risk of Gum Disease

Our Brighton dentist recommends more frequent dental checkups if you are at a higher risk of gum disease. This includes people who smoke or use smokeless tobacco, patients over 40, preteens going through puberty, pregnant women, or women going through menopause since hormone fluctuation plays a large role in gum tissue health. In addition, diabetes is closely tied with gingivitis and gum disease. Often, complications with diabetes can lead to periodontal disease and vice versa. Patients with diabetes are recommended to work in close collaboration with our Brighton dentist as well as their physician.

Periodontal Disease Prevention

Stay tuned next week to learn about more ways our Brighton family dentist can help you and your loved ones maintain optimal oral health with gum disease prevention and treatment. To reserve an appointment at Brighton Family Dental Group, in Brighton, Massachusetts, call (617) 562-5210. We welcome patients from Brighton, Watertown, Cambridge, Brookline, Newton, and the surrounding communities.