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Reducing the Chances of Gum Disease


Posted on 10/24/2022 by Evan
Reducing the Chances of Gum DiseaseGum disease happens when there is a buildup of plaque under or along the gumline. Plaque is a term used to refer to the sticky substance that covers the teeth, which occurs in situations when the teeth are not properly cleaned and well-taken care of. Plaque leads to a high likelihood of infections that then lead to the development of gum disease. Some of the most common symptoms of gum disease include consistent bad breath or taste, loose or separated teeth, and frequent bleeding of the gums. You may have tenderness, redness, and swelling of the gums. Gums that have pulled away from the teeth is also another sign of gum disease.

The danger of gum disease is that it can be painless, meaning its progression can happen without the individual knowing it. Luckily, gum disease is preventable. Here are some dental hygiene steps that periodontists recommend to reduce the chances of the development of gum disease.

Flossing


Dentists and periodontists recommend that you floss at least once every day. This helps remove the plaque and the food that nestles in the problematic areas where one would typically struggle to reach with their toothbrush. Glossing should ideally happen once a day, regardless of the exact time.

Brushing


Brushing your teeth is a fundamental dental hygiene habit. It is recommended that one brushes their teeth after every meal, or at least twice a day. This helps remove the food and plaque trapped between the gums and teeth. When brushing your teeth, make sure to brush the tongue too as it can easily harbor bacteria. Make sure to use fluoride toothpaste when brushing your teeth.

Quitting Smoking


Behavioral factors can also increase the odds of developing gum disease. One of the most common behaviors leading to gum disease is smoking. Smoking weakens your immune system, making it harder to fight off gum disease.

Gum disease is a painless disease, meaning it can develop even without you noticing. Visit our periodontist today for a dental exam and treatment if you experience any of the symptoms mentioned here.

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