Gum disease progresses slowly and often without notice. Because it’s symptoms can be subtle and often time painless, gum disease can reach advanced stages before it’s noticed. If this is the case, deterioration can occur before being noticeable. If the infection spreads, it can lead to tooth loss and other issues.
Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is an infection of the gum tissues. It is usually caused by plaque build-up and poor oral care. The early stages are known as gingivitis; in this time, the gum disease can be reversed with proper oral care. If it continues to detartrate, it will reach periodontal stages and become more severe of an issue.
Flossing is your most excellent tool for preventing gum disease. Floss every day will help to remove plaque from places in the mouth that brushing cannot reach. The plaque often builds on between teeth and on the gum line, making you vulnerable to gum disease. Keep your mouth clean and your gums safe by flossing regularly.
If flossing is tricky for you, try using a floss holder. They are much easier to maneuver in between your teeth. Plus, they make flossing on the go a little simpler.
Regular Dental Cleanings
Even if you are entirely on top of your oral care, things can slip through the cracks. Getting your teeth and gum cleaning by a professional regularly will make all the difference. Dental cleanings will also help you catch any potential decay or infection before it becomes a real problem. You should be visiting your dentist twice annually for professional cleanings.
When you visit your dentist ask about your gum health. They may have some personalized advice for you to ensure your gums remain healthy and strong.
Brushing your teeth for at least 2-3 minutes a day with toothpaste that contains fluoride will make a big difference. Be sure to brush along the gum line to protect the gums. Fluoride will strengthen your enamel and even remineralize your tooth enamel. Preventing tooth decay will also help to prevent gum disease.
It’s no surprise that what you are putting in your mouth affects your oral health. Certain foods are much more likely to get caught in between your teeth and lead to decay. Any starchy and sugary foods can be detrimental to your oral health. Practicing healthy eating will make oral care much more manageable. If you do eat starchy or sugary foods, be sure to floss and brush after eating to remove any food particles left behind that may lead to plaque.
Cigarettes and tobacco may also contribute to gum disease, tooth decay, and oral cancer. Avoiding these things will help you to reduce your risk of gum disease.
For all of your gum health and dental issues, see us at Fort Union Family Dental. Our expert team will help you regain and maintain your gum health. Come see us for your semi-annual check-ups!