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By Kenneth Krause, DMD
February 18, 2020
Category: Periodontal Health

Preventing Periodontal Disease

It's a given that proper brushing, flossing and diligent oral hygiene is imperative to the health of your teeth and gums. But did you that oral wellness is linked to total body wellness?

Inadequate oral hygiene can affect your overall health, with periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, increasing your risk of diabetes and heart disease as well as potentially leading to tooth loss and receding gums.

Dr. Kenneth Krause of Krause Dental in Westfield can provide tips for preventing the development of periodontal disease, and our family dentistry office is ready to put you on the path to lifelong oral health.

What is periodontal disease?

Periodontal disease is an oral condition which develops when the bacteria in plaque begins to build up in your gums and between your teeth, causing inflammation to your gums. Left untreated, periodontal disease can cause the bones in your jawbone to begin deteriorating.

What can I do to prevent periodontal disease?

Our family dentistry office in Westfield advises both at home and in-office prevention practices to keep your teeth healthy and strong.

At home care:

  • Brush thoroughly, at least twice a day.
  • Floss every night to make sure any food particles trapped between your teeth or along your gum line are removed.
  • Rinse with water or mouthwash after brushing and flossing to rinse away any stray particles.
  • Make sure to eat a balanced diet, low in sugary foods and beverages.
  • Abstain from smoking and tobacco use

At our family dentistry office in Westfield:

  • Schedule regular exams and cleanings at our Westfield family dentistry practice. We can provide you with a deep cleaning and use our special tools to scrape away any tough plaque or tartar.
  • Let our professionals know if you have any history of periodontal disease so we can provide you with any additional help you may need.
  • If you are already experiencing signs of periodontal disease, we can provide periodontal therapy.

Call Krause Dental in Westfield, IN today at 317-399-9329 for all your dental health needs.

By Dr. Krause
July 09, 2014
Category: Periodontal Health


One of the more unpleasant dental experiences is dealing with bleeding gums. In some cases, it can keep people from properly caring for their teeth.

Don’t let that be you. Schedule an appointment with Krause Dental, and check this list to see if any of these common causes could be what’s causing your gum discomfort.

• Brushing too hard. Do you apply a lot of pressure when you brush your teeth? You shouldn’t have to dig into your mouth to clean your teeth. Ease up by switching your toothbrush to your non-dominant hand.
• Brushing incorrectly. If you brush your teeth using a back-and-forth motion, you’re doing it wrong. Brush up and down or in small circles to avoid irritating your gums.
• Using the wrong toothbrush. How firm are your toothbrush bristles? Most people should use soft-bristled toothbrushes. Try switching to see if it helps alleviate your discomfort.
• Not brushing/flossing often enough. Has it been a long time since you last brushed or flossed? If so, it could take about a week or so before your mouth is used to being scrubbed and prodded at. If this doesn’t take care of the bleeding schedule a dental appointment immediately as you may have an infection called Gingivitis or Periodontitis that needs to be treated right away.

Like we said: See your dentist to be sure your bleeding gums aren’t being caused by something more serious. You can schedule an appointment with us online anytime:  http://www.dentistwestfieldin.com/appointment.html