Gum disease is one of the most common dental health issues, which can make some patients believe it’s inevitable. However, despite the fact that it’s common, it’s highly preventable. Even if you develop gum disease and can’t cure it, you can control to prevent more serious complications from developing (including tooth loss). Today, we examine how you can boost your chances of preventing gum disease by making just a few small changes to your daily routine.
Getting Ahead of Gum Disease
- Brush your gums – Brushing your teeth at least twice a day is a given, but you may forget to pay special attention to your gum line. Every time you clean your teeth, angle your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle and carefully brush away the plaque all along your gum line. Also, be sure to floss at least once every day, taking care to clean the gum tissues between your teeth without traumatizing the tissues with your floss.
- Don’t use tobacco – Whether you smoke it or chew it, tobacco is one of the most significant risk factors in developing severe gum disease (as well as all forms of cancer). If you use tobacco, then stop, or you’re almost guaranteed to develop gum disease sooner or later.
- Use antibacterial mouthwash – Gum disease is caused by excessive oral bacteria, so in addition to brushing them away, use a mouthwash designed specifically to neutralize the microbes. Your dentist can recommend the most effective type and brand for your needs and preferences.
Improve Your Chances of Preventing Gum Disease
There is no guarantee that you’ll never develop gum disease, but with these few steps, you can greatly improve your chances of successfully preventing it. For more information, schedule a consultation by calling Modern Smile in North Hollywood, CA, today at 818-763-9353. We also proudly serve patients who live in Burbank, Toluca Lake, and all surrounding communities.