Gum disease is a common dental problem that affects millions of Americans. If left untreated, it can lead to tooth loss and other serious dental problems. However, gum disease is preventable. Here are four simple tips for gum disease prevention.
Maintain good oral hygiene habits
Brushing at least twice a day and flossing every day are two of the most important things you can do to prevent gum disease. You should also make sure you’re keeping up with your routine checkups so we can catch any problems early on before they develop into something more serious.
Other things that can help include:
- Chewing sugar-free gum after meals or snacks to increase saliva production and prevent plaque buildup on tooth surfaces.
- Rinsing your mouth with water after eating to wash away food particles and acids that can damage teeth and gums.
- Drinking tap water instead of bottled water whenever possible since most brands of bottled water don’t contain fluoride.
If you’re already suffering from the early stages of gum disease, we can help with deep cleanings and periodontal disease therapy to restore your oral health. Give us a call to schedule your appointment!
While daily flossing isn’t always enough to keep gum disease at bay, it’s an important first step to keeping your gums healthy. Flossing will remove plaque from the crevices of your teeth and gums that your toothbrush can’t reach. Plaque can harden between your teeth and form tartar that brushing alone cannot remove. Once this happens, you’ll need to visit your dentist for a professional cleaning. By regularly visiting the dentist, you can prevent gum disease altogether!
For more information about preventing or treating gum disease, visit a dentist in your area. They will be able to recommend the best dental treatments for you to maintain optimal oral health.
Regular dental exams
A professional cleaning every six months helps to prevent periodontal disease, but good oral hygiene habits at home can help you to maintain a healthy smile between visits. Brush your teeth at least two times each day for two minutes each time, and floss at least once a day to remove any plaque or food particles from between the teeth. Avoid sugary foods and drinks, especially sodas, which increase bacterial growth in the mouth.
If a patient continues to have gum disease despite regular brushing and flossing, we can recommend additional treatment options such as scaling and root planing or laser gum treatments to stop the disease and continue healthy gums.
Routine teeth cleanings
Your routine teeth cleanings are an important part of gum disease prevention. These appointments offer a deep cleaning, which removes plaque and tartar buildup from your teeth that brushing and flossing at home can’t eliminate. Advanced dental technology can also catch cavities before they become larger problems.