Gum disease is a serious problem that affects more than 64 million people in the United States. When left untreated, the bacteria can cost receding gums, loose teeth, bone loss or even contribute to other health problems such as Alzheimer’s, diabetes or heart disease. Luckily, you can take steps to prevent gum disease.
Brush and Floss Your Teeth Daily
The most important–and probably easiest–steps you can take to prevent gum disease is to brush and floss your teeth according to your dentist’s instructions. Typically, our dentist, Dr. Rajan Sheth, will recommend patients brush in the morning, after meals and before bed. Do not forget to brush your tongue. Floss at the end of the day to remove food particles your toothbrush was not able to reach.
Use Mouthwash Regularly
Mouthwash is another important part of good oral hygiene. Ideally, you will use it at least once per day. Not only will it remove any tiny bacteria that your toothbrush or floss could not reach, but it will leave you feeling even more minty fresh.
Examine Your Risk Factors
Some people are more susceptible to gum disease than others are, even if they brush, floss and use mouthwash regularly. Age and genetics play a big part in whether you will eventually develop gum disease. However, if you stop smoking and eat a healthy diet that does not include too much sugar, you are less likely to develop gingivitis.
Visit the Dentist Regularly
If you do not already visit your dentist at least twice a year, now is the time to start. We provide annual examinations that include professional cleanings, teeth whitening if desired, and a comprehensive look at the health of your mouth. If we suspect gum disease, we can provide a comprehensive periodontal evaluation to determine plaque levels and bone structure as well as to create a treatment plan to prevent further issues or even reduce the damage that has already been done.
Are you ready to schedule your next dental appointment? If you suspect you suffer from gum disease in Delaware, OH, contact us at Smile Center to schedule your appointment.