Dr. Jessica Runion offers numerous treatments to help patients overcome gum disease. However, we always prefer it when patients can prevent an oral health issue from developing in the first place. Our dentist in Columbus, OH recommends the following actions to drastically reduce your chances of dealing with periodontal disease.
Proper Brushing and Flossing
Our periodontist will always tell you to brush and floss. You should have a soft-bristled toothbrush and toothpaste containing fluoride. It is vital you brush every area of your mouth, including the hard-to-reach crevices and corners. Once daily is the generally accepted amount you should floss. You need to avoid flossing too hard or else you will cut the gum tissue, which could lead to gum disease down the road.
Change Your Diet
You need to consume plenty of vegetables and fruits. You also need to limit your intake of carbs and sugars. In the event you are not getting enough nutrients from your regular diet, then you may want to consider taking a vitamin supplement. Carrots and apples in particular are great for teeth because they naturally remove plaque off of teeth.
Use Antiseptic Mouthwash
If you do not presently use a mouthwash then you should seriously consider getting one. Mouthwash helps loosen plaque and food particles left behind from brushing and flossing. Make sure to purchase an antiseptic mouthwash that actually targets harmful debris.
Get Biannual Dental Cleaning
Even when you brush and floss daily, you still need a professional to look at your teeth and gums to ensure everything is healthy. In the event you have a family history of gum disease, then you may want to consider going to a dental professional once every three months rather than once every six months.
See Our Periodontist
No matter which stage of periodontal disease you are in, you need to come over to Beecher Crossing Dental Group. Call our office to schedule an appointment, and Dr. Runion will go over how you can avoid complications in the future.