3 easy ways to prevent gum disease
Gum disease is very common. In fact, more than half of all adults have some form of periodontal disease. While gum disease does indeed have some factors that can up your risk of contracting it such as:
- misaligned or crooked teeth
- diseases like diabetes
- some disease treatments like cancer treatment
there are a few easy things you can do to help prevent it.
Proper tooth brushing may seem obvious, but many people do it wrong. You should never rush brushing: it takes a minimum of two minutes to do it properly. Most dentists recommend brushing twice daily, using a soft bristled toothbrush. Use short strokes, paying extra attention to the gumline and hard to reach places like your back molars. You should also brush your tongue, either with a toothbrush or with a tongue scraper. This removes bacteria from your tongue and helps to keep your breath fresh.
If you aren’t flossing your teeth, you are allowing food particles to remain behind. No toothbrush can get in between teeth. Food particles that are left there allow bacteria to feed and grow. You should floss at least once a day. Flossing can be done with dental floss or another tool such as:
- Y-shaped flossers with plastic handles
- small, round brushes
- pointed, rubber tips
- wooden or plastic pics
During regular dental checkups you should also have a professional cleaning by a dental hygienist. A professional cleaning thoroughly cleans each tooth and can include a fluoride treatment if it is recommended. Even if you take excellent care of your teeth at home, regular professional cleanings can maximize your oral health. With specialized tools your hygienist is able to remove any left behind bacteria and plaque that your toothbrushing and flossing may have missed. He or she is also able to remove any built-up tartar which your toothbrush can’t do on it’s own.
Protect your oral health
Though gum disease is very common, you can prevent it from becoming serious by following these oral hygiene practices. Simple gum disease, called gingivitis, can be reversed with a professional cleaning. At our Chestermere dental clinic we are ready to help you with dental services and guidance. If you would like to learn more, please contact us.