Gum disease or periodontal disease can lead to tooth loss. To save you from unnecessary pain and complex treatments, dental experts provide simple and easy ways to prevent gum problems.
Observe good oral hygiene
According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, consistent good oral hygiene is necessary in preventing gingivitis and periodontitis. Gum disease is an inflammation of the gums due to the build-up of plaque on the teeth while periodontitis is a severe type of gum disease.
The key to prevent oral health problems is to practice proper oral care. Brushing and flossing helps remove plaque. Brush at least twice a day using a soft-bristled toothbrush and toothpaste containing fluoride. Gently brush the outer, inner and chewing surfaces of your teeth. Don’t forget to clean your tongue to remove bacteria and to keep your breath fresh.
Aside from brushing, clean your teeth with dental floss or an interdental cleaner. It removes plaque and food debris that are trapped in between your teeth and under the gum line.
Eat nutritious food
Eat a balanced diet compose of whole grains, fruits, vegetables, protein-rich food and low-fat dairy products. These contain nutrients that are essential not just for your oral health but for your overall well-being as well.
Visit your dentist regularly
Visit your Kennewick dentist every six months. If you have chronic dental issues, then you may need to visit your dentist more often. Regular visits to the dentist can help prevent gum diseases from developing. Routine check-ups and professional cleaning (prophylaxis) keeps your teeth and gums healthy.
Dr. Walter Hadley uses advanced techniques in preventing and treating periodontal disease through in-office and at-home care. He can also customize a treatment plan for you to keep your gums and teeth healthy all the time.