February 5, 2018
While your teeth are obviously a big part of your oral health, it’s easy to overlook the gum tissue and the effect it can have on your mouth. Gum disease is caused when bacteria builds up on the tooth and works it way between the teeth and gums. Once the bacteria start to grow, the area may become inflamed and eventually lead to tooth loss and gum recession. How can you avoid dealing with this serious condition?
The good news is that avoiding gum disease is as easy as taking good care of your teeth.
- Regular brushing: Try to brush after each meal to remove plaque and food trapped between your gums and teeth. At least brush twice a day and always include your tongue, which is a prime spot for bacteria to live.
- Floss regularly: Plaque and food particles that live right along the gum line are easily removed if you floss at least once a day. There are areas your toothbrush simply can’t reach, and floss takes care of those.
- Use mouthwash: Once you have brushed and flossed, any remaining food particles or debris is washed away with a mouthwash, one more barrier between you and gum disease.
- Get regular care: You should be seeing a dentist at least twice a year for an exam and cleaning. One of the best ways to prevent gum disease is to catch it early, and regular appointments ensure you get the advice and treatment you need.
- Know the risks: It’s not just poor oral health care that can lead to gum disease. Many are at higher risks because of genetics, diet, smoking and age. Dr. Moghaddam can help you identify which risks you should be concerned about and how to counteract them.
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If you want to learn more about periodontics in Framingham, MA, and discover ways to prevent or treat gum disease then give us a call today. Our goal is to keep your mouth, gums and teeth healthy and we are confident a proactive approach is the best way to go.