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It is no mystery that regular oral hygiene is essential to having a healthy smile, but did you know that your risk for developing gum disease is significantly lowered if you brush and floss regularly? It’s true! Periodontal disease, or the infection of the tissue surrounding your teeth, is principally caused by the buildup of dental plaque on teeth and around the gum line, so brushing and flossing is key.

Our dentist, Dr. Deborah Backiel, stresses the importance of oral hygiene as a preventative measure to ward off periodontal disease and other infections. Additionally, our qualified team at Dr. Backiel and Associates in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is always engaged in educating and encouraging good oral hygiene.

Brushing and flossing removes plaque and food particles from the mouth, and massages the gums, which in turn increases blood flow to oral tissue and lowers your risk for infection. The procedures that are necessary to reverse or remedy advanced gum disease are uncomfortable and can be avoided if these important and simple steps are taken to preserve a health smile.

Regular visits to the dentist are another important part of maintaining good oral hygiene in order to avoid developing any form of periodontal disease. During each oral examination or dental check-up, Dr. Deborah Backiel will evaluate your gums and other oral tissue to ensure you are not at risk of gum disease. If you have any questions or concerns about gum disease or how to prevent it, please call at 267-514-8100 to schedule an appointment with a member of our capable staff.