Did you know that the risk for dental infection – specifically, periodontal disease – increases with age? In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 47.2% of adults over 30 have suffered from one form of periodontal disease or another. Whereas, for adults over the age of 70 – that number jumps to over 70%! Fortunately, dental infections (gum disease and tooth decay) are completely avoidable with the right preventive measures. So, how can you prevent gum disease? The best way to avoid dental infection altogether is to practice preventive dentistry. But, what does that include? Let’s take a look.
The Three Parts Of Preventive Dentistry
Practice Excellent Oral Hygiene:
The way you take care of your teeth at home is critical to your overall oral health. If you aren’t brushing or flossing, the bacteria around your teeth and gums will spread and begin to form infections. You should be brushing twice each day (typically first thing in the morning and before bedtime) and flossing at least once.
Maintain A Healthy Diet:
Your diet directly affects your overall health – so of course it affects your oral health, too. When you maintain a healthy diet, your body is also able to fight off infections more effectively (and efficiently) because it’s in a healthier state. However, with poor diet choices, your teeth are more susceptible to infection. Try keeping your diet full of rich nutrients – fruits, veggies, whole grains, healthy fats, lean proteins – and avoid foods and drinks that are high in sugar!
Visit Your Dentist Regularly:
Lastly, but certainly not least – your regular appointments with your dentist for checkups and cleanings are absolutely vital to maintain optimal oral health. If you haven’t seen your dentist in the last six months – don’t wait! Call and schedule an appointment today.