Gum disease is the single largest threat to your dental health. Left untreated, it is a self-aggravating condition that will progress and lead to bone and tooth loss. Past a certain point, the damage from gum disease is irreversible—but with care and treatment, it is entirely preventable.
Steps of Gum Disease Prevention
Even if you already brush regularly, you can always improve your technique. Brush twice a day for at least two minutes using a soft-bristled brush and fluoride toothpaste. Hold your brush at an angle so the bristles can sweep slightly under your gumline, and use circular motions.
Cut about a foot of floss, and slip it between your teeth, pulling it tight against the tooth to form a C shape. Move the floss vertically along the length of the tooth on both sides of each gap. Change sections of floss as you work, and remember that you should floss daily.
3. Regular Dental Cleanings
Your dentist sees your teeth from a new angle and can spot problem areas that you miss. Visit a dentist regularly for exams and cleanings, and share your concerns about gum disease to receive prevention advice.
4. Orthodontic Help
Not only aesthetically pleasing, straight teeth are easier to clean and, therefore, less prone to gum disease. If you have crooked teeth or uneven gaps between them, ask your dentist about tooth straightening options.
5. Quitting Tobacco
Smoking or chewing tobacco is a major risk factor for gum disease. Tobacco dries your mouth and restricts circulation, which makes it easier for bacteria to damage your gums. Quitting is good for your dental health and your overall well-being.
If you're suffering from the early stages of gum disease, don't panic. A dentist can help you return to full oral health, so make an appointment today. Peak Health Dentistry at Gentle Care provides general and cosmetic dental services as well as oral surgery in Anchorage, AK. If you need an appointment to treat gum disease or a regular checkup, call today at (907) 337-0304 or request one online.