We want you to know how you can prevent gum disease and keep your pearly white smile sparkling and healthy. There is bacteria in plaque that produces toxins, which will irritate your gums causing them to turn red, swell, and bleed easily. If you don’t treat this early on and the irritation is prolonged then periodontal (gum) disease can progress.
As periodontal diseases progress, the supporting gum tissue and bone that holds teeth in place deteriorate. If left untreated, this leads to tooth loss.The best way to prevent gum disease is effective daily brushing and flossing as well as regular professional examinations and cleanings. Unfortunately, even with the most diligent home dental care, people still can develop some form of periodontal disease.
WedMD shared a list of good dental habits in order to best ward off gum disease:
- Brush your teeth two times a day, in the morning and before bedtime, using fluoridetoothpaste. Clean all sides of your teeth, and also brush your tongue. Plaque on the tongue can cause bad breath and is an ideal environment for bacteria. If you can’t brush, chew sugar-free gum, especially one with xylitol.
- Try an electric toothbrush that has a rotating and oscillating (back-and-forth) action. This type of toothbrush is better at removing plaque than a regular toothbrush. Look for one that has the American Dental Association (ADA) Seal of Acceptance.
- Use an antiseptic mouthwash, such as Listerine, or a fluoride or antiplaque mouthwash.
- Floss once a day. Any type of floss works, so choose a type you like. Curve the floss around each tooth into a U-shape, and gently slide it under the gum line. Move the floss firmly up and down several times to scrape off the plaque.
- Use disclosing tablets now and then so you can see if you are brushing effectively. Disclosing tablets are chewable and will color any plaque left on the teeth after brushing. You can get them at most drugstores.
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