To protect your periodontal health, Marco Island dentist provides comprehensive care

Nearly 80 percent of all adults in America have some form of periodontal disease, yet only three percent inquire about treatment for it. Many are unaware they have gum disease because it is usually painless in the early stages. For a full assessment of your periodontal health, Marco Island Periodontist Dr. Bradley Engle is someone that you can turn to. It is crucial that periodontal disease be detected and treated in the early stages.

Research has indicated an association between periodontal disease and heart disease, stroke, diabetes, preterm births, low birth weight babies, pulmonary disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and Alzheimer’s. These studies show that proper oral hygiene and regular dental check-ups may be vital to maintain overall health as well as periodontal health. Dr. Engle believes in educating his patients in all aspects of their oral health, with a his main focus on prevention. A healthy and happy smile is the result of a close partnership between the patient and dentist.

Your first defense against gum disease is good oral hygiene. Brush your teeth at least twice a day for two minutes with a soft bristle toothbrush. Clean the front, chewing, and back surfaces of each tooth with small circular movements, making sure to sweep the plaque away from the gumline as you finish. It is recommended to floss at least once a day; slide the floss around each tooth in an up and down motion, making sure you gently go under the gum line. A small interdental brush or floss holder may also be helpful if you are having difficulty cleaning all areas. Rinse with an antiseptic or anti plaque mouthwash like a Listerine product. Avoiding sugary snacks and eating a well-balanced diet can also aid in the prevention of gum disease as well. It is important to note that smoking, or use of other tobaccos, dramatically increases your risk of developing periodontal disease and decreases the chances of successful treatment.

Regular comprehensive dental exams are your second and best defense against gum disease. Dr. Engle will see signs of periodontal disease before you will. With regular check-ups, he will find any subtle changes in your gums by visual inspection and measuring the depth of gum pockets. When detected and with treated early, the first stages of this disease can be completely reversible.

Schedule an appointment with Dr. Bradley Engle at Engle Implant Dentistry today and begin a successful partnership for optimum periodontal health and the ultimate smile!

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