Knowing how to prevent gum disease is only half the battle, the other half is knowing your opponent — preserve your gums! What exactly is gum disease? Gum Disease, also called Periodontal Disease is an inflammation of the gums caused by bacteria in plaque. Plaque is a sticky film that builds up on your teeth over time and can cause gum tissue to become infected. People predominantly targeted are those who are aged 40 and over, or people with a family history of Gum Disease.
So now that we’ve established what the enemy is, let’s discuss some strategies for preventing and preserving your gums.
Brush your teeth at least twice a day with a toothbrush that has soft bristles
One of the easiest ways to preserve your gums and prevent gum disease is by brushing your teeth regularly. Make sure you brush for at least two minutes each time, in the morning and before bed. In addition to brushing, use dental floss and interdental cleaners such as water picks or plastic wedges to remove plaque between your teeth and along the gum line. If possible, replace your toothbrush every three months. Why is it important to replace your toothbrush every so often? It’s important because, over time, your toothbrush will lose its effectiveness at removing plaque and bacteria.
Brushing twice a day and flossing once a day can help to remove bacteria and plaque from your gums, but it is equally important to have regular dental check-ups. During these check-ups, your dentist will make sure that your teeth are clean and that there aren’t any signs of gum disease. Also, if you suffer from dry mouth (xerostomia), ask your dentist what you can do to increase saliva production as this helps to reduce plaque buildup.
You also may be wondering why soft bristles are effective, and the answer is that soft bristles are gentler on the gums, reducing any possible irritation.
Floss your teeth at least once a day
Steps for a Dentist approved flossing guide. Take a piece of floss that is 18-20 inches long and wrap the ends around your middle fingers. Hold the floss between your thumb and index finger, and slide it gently up and down along either side of each tooth. When you reach the gum line, curve the floss into a C shape against one tooth, then slide it under the gum line. Gently move up and down on both sides of each tooth to remove plaque buildup.
Finally, another great way to prevent and preserve your gums from Gum Disease is to adopt healthy lifestyle habits such as quitting smoking or using tobacco products, avoiding sugary foods and drinks, and maintaining a balanced diet with foods high in vitamins A & B which help promote oral health, exercising regularly, and managing stress.
Eat healthy foods and limit sugary snacks – they can cause tooth decay
Healthy foods such as fruits and vegetables, legumes, nuts, dairy products, and lean proteins can help to reduce the risk of gum disease and preserve your gums. Eating a balanced diet will also ensure that your body has enough vitamins and minerals needed for optimal oral health. On the other hand, sugary snacks such as candy or soda should be avoided as they increase your risk for tooth decay.
Some of the sugary comfort foods to stay away from are:
– Dried fruit
– Sugary cereal
– Sugary breakfast bars or cookies.
By avoiding these sugary snacks, you are reducing your risk for tooth decay and gum disease. Maintaining a healthier lifestyle can not only preserve gums from Gum Disease but also helps protect overall health too. So remember – brush twice a day with soft bristles, floss once daily, see your dentist regularly for check-ups and cleanings, adopt healthy lifestyle habits like quitting smoking or using tobacco products and start eating foods that are better for you.
See your dentist for regular checkups and cleanings
It is important to visit your dentist regularly for check-ups and cleanings. During these visits, your dentist will be able to detect any early signs of gum disease and provide treatment before it becomes severe. Your dentist can also check the health of your teeth and gums and suggest customized treatments or products that are suitable for you. Additionally, during a cleaning, plaque and tartar build-up can be removed from hard-to-reach areas that brushing twice a day may not have been able to reach. Regular dental check-ups are an invaluable resource when it comes to preventing Gum Disease and preserving your gums for many years to come.
By following these steps and being mindful of oral hygiene, you can help preserve your gums.
These habits can provide long-term benefits to your oral health and help keep your gums healthy and strong. Not only do these preventative measures protect you from gum disease, but they also reduce the risk of other illnesses associated with poor oral hygiene such as heart disease or diabetes. So remember, now that you know what Gum Disease is and how to prevent it, practice good oral hygiene habits regularly to preserve your gums from this infection! Doing so will have lasting positive effects on both your overall health and oral health.