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7 Ways to Reduce Your Risk of Gum Disease and Tooth Loss Elk Grove, CA
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Maintaining good oral health is essential for overall well-being, and preventing gum disease and tooth loss is a key part of that. Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is a leading cause of tooth loss in adults. It is an inflammatory condition affecting the tissues surrounding and supporting the teeth. Fortunately, with proper care and preventive measures, you can significantly reduce your risk of developing gum disease and losing your teeth. Here are seven effective strategies from Ora Dentistry to help you maintain healthy gums and teeth.

1. Practice Good Oral Hygiene

The foundation of preventing gum disease and tooth loss is maintaining excellent oral hygiene. Brush your teeth at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush. Make sure to brush for at least two minutes, covering all surfaces of your teeth and gums. Additionally, floss daily to remove plaque and food particles from between your teeth and along the gumline, where your toothbrush may not reach.

2. Regular Dental Checkups and Cleanings

Routine visits to your dentist are crucial for early detection and prevention of gum disease. Schedule dental checkups and professional cleanings every six months or more often as needed. During these visits, your dentist can identify early signs of gum disease, remove tartar buildup and provide personalized advice for maintaining optimal oral health.

3. Quit Smoking

Smoking is a significant risk factor for gum disease and tooth loss. It weakens the immune system, making it harder for the body to fight off infections, including gum infections. Smoking also reduces blood flow to the gums, impairing healing and increasing the risk of gum disease. Quitting smoking can greatly improve oral health and reduce the risk of gum disease.

4. Eat a Balanced Diet

A nutritious diet plays a vital role in maintaining healthy gums and teeth. Consume a balanced diet rich in vitamins and minerals, particularly vitamin C and calcium, which support gum health. Limit sugary and acidic foods and beverages, as they can contribute to tooth decay and gum disease. Eating crunchy fruits and vegetables, such as apples and carrots, can also help clean your teeth and stimulate your gums.

5. Stay Hydrated

Drinking plenty of water throughout the day helps keep your mouth clean and your gums healthy. Water washes away food particles and bacteria that can lead to plaque buildup and gum disease. Additionally, staying hydrated ensures that your mouth produces enough saliva, which is essential for neutralizing acids and protecting your teeth and gums.

6. Use Mouthwash

Incorporating an antimicrobial mouthwash into your daily oral care routine can help reduce plaque and prevent gum disease. Look for a mouthwash that contains fluoride and has been approved by the American Dental Association (ADA). Using mouthwash can reach areas of your mouth that brushing and flossing might miss, providing an extra layer of protection against gum disease.

Preventing gum disease and tooth loss requires a combination of good oral hygiene practices, regular dental care and healthy lifestyle choices. By following these seven tips from Ora Dentistry, you can significantly reduce your risk of gum disease and keep your teeth healthy for a lifetime. If you have any concerns about your gum health or need to schedule a dental checkup, contact Ora Dentistry in Elk Grove, CA, today. Our team is dedicated to providing comprehensive care to help you achieve and maintain optimal oral health.

Posted on behalf of Ora Dentistry

2733 Elk Grove Blvd, Suite 180
Elk Grove, CA 95758

Phone: (916) 975-1000


Monday - Thursday 7:00am - 5:00pm
Friday 7:00am - 4:00pm


Cynthia B.

Very confused by the website and advertising as an after hour/emergency dental service. I broke a tooth this evening and was looking for emergency dental services for the earliest appointment. I called and a receptionist/operator picked up on a Friday evening close to 8 p.m. and said that the emergency dental service was only for existing patients. That isn't on the website and in fact, the top line on the website states if you need emergency dental care , call. Don't mind that they aren't able to see me, but the operator needs a better script when explaining their services and should also provide better service or don't be an after hour receptionist. She also never asked me if I WAS an existing patient. Would love to give no stars, but I can't post unless I pick one. UPDATE: So wasn't expecting the owner of the practice to call me. I spoke with Dr. Dalla and he explained in detail their policies and calmed my anxiety regarding my broken tooth.. I appreciate that he is a business owner that pays attention to what is being said about his practice and would take the time to follow up. I may have found a new dentist.

Abida G.

I’ve been searching for a dental office for my special needs daughter for a long time. I called many offices explaining her situation that she had Autism and anxiety and I was told they didn’t see special needs kids. I came across Ora Dentistry through my google search and gave them a call explained to them my situation and they told me they’d be happy to see her. We scheduled an appointment. On the day of the appointment I called again and explained her situation and told them she would like her sister and mom to be there for support due to her anxiety and they were totally accommodating and that put me at ease. We got to our appointment and were greeted by Bridgette she was AMAZING with my daughter she made her feel SUPER comfortable through out the entire process! I’ve never seen my daughter so calm and relaxed. When the doctor came in to do his exam on her he too was beyond nice and again made my daughter feel at ease. I really have to thank Ora dentistry for their excellent service! If you have a special needs child this is the place to go! Highly recommend it!

Steve F.

Two years ago I visited this office to assess the viability of getting an implant for a lost tooth. On that first visit Dr. Dalla had x-rays taken, made the assessment, provided me with options, including performing an implant on a lost back molar. I consented, and right then and there, he performed the actual implant and gave me a return appointment to insure all was healing well. Then, 3 months later, he fitted me with the abutment and took impressions for the crown. Two weeks after that the crown was installed. Not only was the work done in record time, but it has been the best fitting crown I've ever had, and I've had 18 crowns in my lifetime of 68 years. This was my second implant. My first implant was by another dental office and does not come close to compare with Dr. Dalla's work. His implant and crown feel like healthy, natural teeth, and in fact, I chew most of my food using that new "molar." I wish I would have gone to him long ago. By far the best around. He is a perfectionist, and is demanding of himself. Just what you should want in someone performing your dental work. Highest recommendations!

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2733 Elk Grove Blvd, Suite 180
Elk Grove, CA 95758

Phone: (916) 975-1000

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Monday - Thursday 7:00am - 5:00pm
Friday 7:00am - 4:00pm