February 9th is National Toothache Day, and here at Dr. Fili’s office, we are committed to giving our patients smiles that looks great and feel great. We are passionate about stopping gum disease before it gets out of control, and we want you to take the reins after your appointment with a periodontist to care for your mouth. To better educate our patients about how to fight gum disease, we’ve come up with three easy changes you can make to your schedule to keep your mouth healthy and free of pain.
Basic Brushing and Flossing
You know that regular brushing and flossing prevents cavities and keeps your mouth healthy, but doing it right can help to fight gum disease. Use a fluoride toothpaste, and brush for at least two minutes every day. Flossing is particularly important before bedtime, and if possible, rinse your mouth with water after every meal. Brush along your gum line rather than directly on the teeth in order to remove bacteria that builds up right along the gums.
Check Your Medications
If you are already prone to gum disease, you may be surprised to find that certain medications may aggravate the gums or make the situations worse. Some antidepressants, heart medicines or oral contraceptives can have an effect on gum disease. Speak to your periodontist or doctor about the negative effects your medication may have on your mouth.
Change Your Diet
Limit the sugary, starchy foods in your diet and make sure you are getting the necessary nutrients you need to stay healthy. Vitamins A and C are particularly helpful in fighting gum disease. Also avoid any smokeless tobacco or cigarettes, as these are key ingredients in the recipe for oral cancer and gum disease.
We Can Help
If you are fighting gum disease in Dubuque, IA, one of the most important things you can do is schedule a regular checkup with a professional to ensure that your mouth is healthy. Call us today at 844-632-0940 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Fili.