How to Prevent Gum Disease as a Medicaid Patient

Oral health is an important component of your overall health. Most people know how important your teeth are and work to keep them clean with brushing and flossing. However, there is one aspect of oral health that is often overlooked.

Your gums are just as important as your teeth and keeping your gums clean to prevent periodontal disease is another crucial part of your overall oral health. Beechcroft Dental helps people on Medicaid with gum disease and other oral health concerns while promoting good habits and maintaining your bright smile.

What Is Gum Disease and How Does It Work?

When bacteria builds up around the teeth it can cause cavities which, left unchecked, can become serious enough to cause you to lose teeth. Gum disease is a pretty similar concept. When bacteria builds up around the gum line of your teeth, it can cause damage to the bottoms of your teeth and the tops of your gums.

Additionally, these habits increase your risk for gum disease:

  • Smoking
  • Diets lacking in vitamins and minerals
  • Excessive soda consumption

This damage results in decaying gum tissue which starts a chain reaction. This reaction causes your gums to recede away from your teeth. Outside of damaged gums, the danger of gum disease is that your teeth are not held strongly and may fall out. This end result is irreversible and can be catastrophic to your oral health. In the worst cases, gingivitis or gum disease can lead to lost teeth and serious infections that can threaten your general health.

How to Prevent Gum Disease

Luckily, many of the steps to prevent gum disease are intuitive and already familiar to you.

  • Brushing
  • Flossing
  • Mouthwash
  • Checkups

Brushing and flossing daily are key to preventing the build up of bacteria between your teeth and near your gum line. While brushing takes care of the large surfaces of your teeth, flossing is even more important to prevent the cavities lower down near your gums.

Another way to help prevent gum disease is to use mouthwash during your brushing and flossing routine. Mouthwash can help you reach the corners of your mouth that you may not be able to get with a brush or floss.

Finally, another critical component is seeing your dentist twice a year for regular check ups. At Beechcroft Dental, we provide all the common services of preventative dentistry. Having your dentist check your teeth and gums bi-annually helps prevent issues and reduce the severity of any issues that may have occurred.

Medicaid and Preventative Care

Beechcroft Dental helps patients on Medicaid every day. Being on Medicaid entitles you to bi-annual check ups for free as well as other common preventative procedures with a small co-pay. While you should do all you can to practice preventative medicine, your dental professional is still the best person to diagnose and treat any oral issues you may come across.

You can contact us today at Beechcroft Dental to schedule an appointment for you and your family whether you have Medicaid or other insurance. Our dental professionals can help you with any gum or tooth problems you may have as well as teaching you the right steps to keep your smile happy and bright for years to come.