(660) 885-6933
Dental Arts Building, 1108 E. Ohio St
Clinton, MO 64735

Dr. Krystal Gillis and Dr. Robert Sexauer are certified and licensed providers of FastBraces®
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Periodontal health is a priority with your Clinton, MO holistic dentist

Most adults are familiar with the term “gum disease,” even if regular dental care is lacking. Gum disease is a hot topic largely due to the mounting research that links periodontal health to general health. In our Clinton, MO dental office, one of our priorities is to help patients avoid the progressive infection of gum disease.

The challenge with gum disease is that the early signs are very difficult to detect. Unfortunately, it is easy to write off a little blood in the sink when you brush as a side effect of aggressive brushing. Bleeding gums is one of the first signs of infection in gum tissue. If persistent bad breath is a problem, we encourage you to contact our office for an evaluation and consultation. We provide our patients with detailed information about gum disease and discuss ways in which periodontal health can be guarded with healthy lifestyle choices.
  • Oral hygiene is the primary weapon against oral bacteria, which are the underlying cause of cavities, gum disease, and other dental problems. There is no secret to brushing. Just perform this task morning and night for two minutes each time. Individuals who have active gum disease or who are at an increased risk may want to brush after every meal. The more the mouth is cleansed of sugar and acid, the fewer nutrients will be available for oral bacteria.

  • Flossing is vital to the prevention and management of gum disease. Without this step, it is impossible to completely clean the mouth and, therefore, unlikely that you will be able to avoid gum disease. Flossing may be performed with floss, a specific flossing instrument, or a water irrigator such as a Waterpik. If you want to keep your teeth and gums healthy, floss.

  • Individuals who have a difficult time brushing back teeth or who tend to brush too aggressively may find benefit in the use of an electric toothbrush. The quick motion of the bristles effectively removes plaque without much pressure.

  • Use an antiseptic oral rinse recommended by your dentist.

  • Receive dental check-ups as recommended. Some people may need to see their dentist more than twice a year in order to protect gum health.

  • Healthy lifestyle choices go a long way in creating a healthy smile. Habits such as smoking or excessive consumption of alcohol are detrimental to oral tissues. Foods that promote an acidic oral environment increase the risk of gum disease and other dental problems because oral bacteria thrive in acidic conditions.
By working together with your holistic dental team, it is possible to preserve your oral health. Call (660) 885-6933 to schedule your consultation.

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