How Do I Protect My Smile From Gum Disease?

When you develop gum disease, the disease cannot be cured. Instead, regular treatment will be required to prevent the disease from becoming periodontitis, the advanced stage responsible for adult tooth loss. However, you can take simple steps to help protect your smile! Let’s look at what patients in Gary, IN can do to help protect their smiles from gum disease.

The Causes of Periodontal Problems

Gum disease starts as inflammation, or gingivitis. Inflammation develops due to a number of factors, such as poor oral hygiene, smoking, or family history. Without treatment, the inflammation can grow worse until the gums pull away from the teeth and form pockets at the gum line. Bacteria can then enter these exposed pockets and allow periodontal disease to develop.

Indicators to Watch For

If you notice your gums appear red, feel sore, or bleed easily, then see us right away. In the inflammation stage, we can reverse the problem. However, once gum disease forms we cannot and will instead need to administer treatments to help manage the problem and prevent periodontitis.

Treatment Options and Preventive Solutions

We can help reverse gingivitis or manage periodontal disease with a scaling and root planing, which involves removing plaque from the teeth and roots. You can also take steps to avoid the problem altogether. Regular six-month cleanings, brushing your teeth twice a day, and flossing every night before bed can help prevent serious plaque buildup and inflammation. You should also avoid tobacco products and see the dentist as soon as you notice changes in your gum tissue. If you have any questions about preventing periodontal disease, or if you think you may be at risk, then contact our team today. We can start a personalized treatment plan to help safeguard your gums!

Do You Have Questions About Gum Disease Prevention?

We can help protect your smile from the onset of periodontal problems. To schedule an appointment with your dentist, contact Healthy Smiles in Gary, IN, by calling 219-938-2637, or by emailing our office at We also proudly serve the residents of Gary, Miller, Miller Beach, and all surrounding communities.