Gum disease is a common worry for many people. Sensitive gums, bad breath, and other uncomfortable symptoms are all signs of gum disease. While it is fairly easy to treat, it is often better to prevent the problem in the first place. Here are the top three things you can do to prevent gum disease:
- Brushing your teeth. Most people have been told to brush daily, but may not know the best way to brush to ensure each area gets clean. It is important to make sure your toothbrush is clean, and that you aren’t using the same toothbrush for too long. Make sure you brush in a pattern as well, so each area in the mouth is getting the same amount of brushing time.
- Flossing. This is another thing that should be part of your daily oral care routine. Flossing gets food and plaque from areas that your toothbrush can’t reach, and these areas are prone to plaque buildup. Since excess plaque is a major contributor to gum disease, it is very important that flossing is combined with proper brushing on a daily basis.
- Dental cleanings. Even if you keep up with great brushing and flossing, it is still necessary to see a dentist for a regular cleaning. A professional cleaning will ensure all plaque and tartar are removed from your teeth, which is key in preventing gum disease. Your dentist will also be able to spot early signs of gum disease, so you can take steps to treat it sooner.
If you are worried about gum disease, follow these tips to help prevent it. For any other questions, give us a call at Kotis Family Dentistry and we’ll be happy to help!