Gum disease impacts millions of people in the United States, leading to a number of uncomfortable symptoms, as well as a greater risk of adult tooth loss. While the disease is incurable, there are ways to help prevent gum disease from forming. What can you do you safeguard your smile against periodontal disease?
What Causes Gum Disease?
How does the disease develop? First, when we don’t care for our smiles, bacteria can break down bits of food, coating the teeth in plaque. Soon, plaque buildup can irritate the gum tissue, causing inflammation. Without treatment, inflammation can lead to the onset of the disease. Other factors behind gum inflammation can include smoking, family history, and a lack of dental cleanings. Common indicators of the presence of inflammation may include soreness in the gums, redness, or bleeding when you brush and floss.
3 Options to Help Prevent the Disease
- Brush and Floss: When you brush and floss, you remove bits of food from on and between the teeth. This leaves little for bacteria to break down. Cleaning the teeth also limits the severity if plaque buildup. You should brush your teeth twice a day and floss once a day.
- Have Your Teeth Cleaned: Every six months you should visit the dentist for a routine cleaning. The dentist or the hygienist will then remove plaque and tartar from the surface of the teeth. Doing so not only prevents inflammation, but can also freshen the breath and brighten teeth. While brushing and flossing can help control plaque buildup, only a cleaning can remove it completely.
- Eat Healthier Foods: Eating healthier can offer a number of benefits. Avoiding food and drinks high in sugar and other starches can keep bacteria from feeding on sugar particles. In addition, fresh fruit and vegetable can also help scrub plaque from the surface of your teeth.
Interested in Gum Disease Prevention?
Are you interested in safeguarding your smile against the onset of gum disease? We can decide which treatment options will best improve your smile. Schedule a consultation by calling Calcagno Cosmetic and Family Dentistry in Rochester, MN, today at (507) 281-3659.