Tips for Preventing Gum Disease
Gum disease is the most common oral health problem afflicting people today. Most adults have some degree of gum disease and do not know it.
Gum disease is characterized by chronic inflammation of the gums and the structures that support the teeth. There are two forms of gum disease.
• Gingivitis is the milder form of gum disease, and presents as inflammation of the gums.
• Periodontitis is a more serious disease, where inflammation has spread to the bones and surrounding tissues that support the teeth.
Gum disease is a serious condition that, if left untreated, can lead to tooth loss. Though sufferers can always seek gum disease treatment, there are specific steps you can take to help prevent gum disease from developing in the first place.
• Brush your teeth two times a day, and replace your toothbrush every three months to ensure an effective brushing experience.
• Floss your teeth daily to clean the areas between your teeth where a toothbrush cannot reach.
• Rinse daily with an anti-bacterial mouthwash.
• Visit your dentist every six months for a professional cleaning and oral exam.
• Eat nutritious meals, and limit snacking in between meals. Drink plenty of water to wash away bacteria.
• If you smoke, quit. Smoking is one of the primary risk factors for developing gum disease.
If you think you may be suffering from gum disease, contact our office for a consultation to discuss the various treatment options available to you.
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