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We’ve all heard from our dentist the importance of brushing and flossing the teeth every day—preferably after every meal. However, did you know that conditions such as periodontal disease can also be avoided with routine dental visits? In addition to caring for the teeth and gums at home each day, patients are urged to consider the benefits of visiting their dentist every six months for a prophylaxis cleaning and a thorough evaluation by our professional team. Dr. Darren Gonzalez assists patients of the Santa Rosa, California area with their dental health needs.

What is periodontal disease?

Periodontal disease is best described by Dr. Darren Gonzalez as an infection that causes redness, inflammation, and the spread of bacteria within the smile. This bacteria can also enter the bloodstream and cause infection and inflammation elsewhere in the body, making it a condition that needs to be diagnosed and intervened early to ensure protection of one’s overall health and wellness. Periodontal disease starts in the gums as gingivitis, but can spread and cause the loss of gum tissues, jawbone, and natural adult teeth.

How can I protect my smile from periodontal disease?

There are a few ways in which patients can take a proactive approach to their oral health and wellness. Protection from periodontal disease can be achieved by:

  • Brushing after every meal. Brushing the teeth after a meal, snack, or even drinking sugary beverages can greatly increase a patient’s chance of keeping their smile from developing periodontal disease and tooth decay.
  • Flossing at least once a day. At the end of the day, Dr. Darren Gonzalez encourages patients to floss between the teeth to remove any food particles that may have become stuck.
  • Visiting the dentist every six months. Recall visits are essential to maintaining oral health and wellness. During recall visits, patients will enjoy a thorough dental cleaning and an evaluation performed by both the dental hygienist and the dentist himself.
  • Calling the dentist when problems arise. If a situation changes or a problem occurs, it is essential that patients contact their dentist for an appointment, even if it hasn’t been six months since their last appointment. Many issues cause early can avoid expensive and damaging consequences.

Obtain a professional evaluation today

If you have any questions or concerns about periodontal disease, please ask Dr. Darren Gonzalez about obtaining a full evaluation and discuss the ways in which too control this condition. Call (707) 542-1532 and visit the office at 1515 Montgomery Drive in Santa Rosa, California.