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Your Role in Periodontal Health
By Mapledale Family Dentistry, PC
April 05, 2018
Category: Oral Health

Gum disease is an oral care problem that affects up to 50 percent of Americans according to the CDC. You should not wait to be periodontal diseasediagnosed by your dentist—you can look for signs yourself at home. You can play an active role in preserving good periodontal health by simply observing a few important hygiene habits and seeing a dentist at Mapledale Family Dentistry in Woodbridge, VA for checkups.

Flossing Is Just as Important as Brushing
You can have beautiful strong pearly whites, but if your gums are red and irritated you may still have a major oral care concern. Many people who brush their teeth religiously are surprised when they learn that they have periodontal disease. It’s often because they have failed to floss as much as they brush. Flossing daily removes food and particles that cause the build-up of plaque and bad bacteria around the gumline.

Checking Your Gums
Check your smile often if you have concerns about your periodontal health. Even a slight change in the color of your gums should be monitored. These are the most common symptoms of  periodontal  disease to look for:

- Pockets forming around the teeth. 
- Bleeding and pain when you brush.
- Strange mouth odor that doesn’t go away after brushing.

Play an Active Role with Your Dentist
If you have a history of periodontal disease in your family, or you have already been diagnosed in the past, it’s important to play an active role in your periodontal health. You can prevent future problems—start by going to a dentist at Mapledale Family Dentistry in Woodbridge, VA for a check-up and cleaning. Call (703) 580-9900 today to schedule an appointment.