Advanced Dental Care of Shady Road
3040 SW 27th Avenue, Suite 101, Ocala, FL 34471

Preventing Gum Disease in Kids & Teens

gum disease

Gum disease is one of those conditions classically labeled as an “old person’s disease.” Unfortunately, this is hardly the case. In the United States, at least 60 percent of teens aged 15 or older are afflicted with some form of gum disease. That means these teens are suffering from tissue damage, tooth pain and bad breath or missing teeth. However, you don’t have to suffer. Gum disease is a highly preventable condition and prevention is as simple as routine dental care. Twice- daily brushing and once-daily flossing can keep bacteria that cause gum disease at bay. And, don’t think that you can skip that visit to the dentist. Routine visits to an affordable dentist in Ocala are integral to the prevention of gum disease as well— good oral health is a team effort between you and your dentist.

Gum disease, technically known as periodontal disease, is an infection of the tissues of the mouth and bone that supports the teeth. If left untreated, gum disease can cause pain, bad breath, loose teeth, or teeth that fall out altogether. Gum disease is the result of a buildup of plaque that occurs on the teeth and gums. Plaque is an invisible, sticky layer of germs and bacteria that can combine with the foods you eat to create toxic acids that erode the tissues of the mouth, including sensitive gum tissue. Your gums support the bone that holds your teeth in place, so without your gums, your teeth won’t stay in place.

Your mouth is home to hundreds of types of bacteria, and even after a professional dental cleaning, oral bacteria begin to reappear within 24 hours. This means you have to follow a proper dental care routine and visit your dentist regularly. Some people are more susceptible to gum disease than others, making extra brushing or more frequent visits to the dentist necessary for keeping your gums healthy.

Tips for Preventing Gum Disease:

  • Brush twice a day with ADA-approved toothpaste or, even better, after every meal. If you can’t brush, at least rinse your mouth with water.
  • Rinse with a mouthwash after brushing. Swish thoroughly for at least 60 seconds.
  • Floss at least once a day, reaching all areas of your mouth.
  • Visit your dentist in Ocala at least twice a year.

The same habits that prevent cavities—a condition most kids are familiar with— can prevent gum disease as well. The key is diligence with proper dental care for your entire life.

To get the dental care you deserve from an affordable dentist in Ocala, call Advanced Dental Care of Shady Road today at (352) 433-4934 or make an appointment.

Advanced Dental Care offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Ocala. With 21 affiliated practices throughout Florida, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Advanced Dental Care of Shady Road, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at Advanced Dental Care of Shady Road. 

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