Most people think gum disease isn’t that big of a deal. After all, it just causes the gums to bleed a little and some minor pain or discomfort, but it much more than that. If left untreated, gum disease can advance to serious periodontal disease that can cause extreme pain, numerous health problems, and even result in tooth loss.
Even though there are numerous treatment options available to people who suffer from gum disease, it is often best to prevent it completely. Incorporate the following things into your day-to-day routine and you decrease your chances of developing gum disease.
Practice Good Oral Hygiene on a Daily Basis
We cannot stress enough how important it is to brush and floss daily. We aren’t just saying it because we are dentists; we are saying it because it actually helps you.
Brushing and flossing on a daily basis helps to remove plaque and food particles that can attract bacteria that causes gum disease. It is important that you don’t just brush your teeth, but also floss. When you only brush your teeth you are only cleaning the surface of the teeth and not cleaning around the gum line. Flossing helps to clean around the gums.
To practice good oral hygiene, do the following:
- Brush at least three times a day.
- Brush for a minimum of two minutes each time you brush your teeth
- Try to brush after every meal, after drinking any acidic or sugary drinks, or snacking.
- Floss daily. You only need to floss once a day to properly clean your teeth and gums.
- Practice proper tooth brushing and flossing technique.
- Change out your toothbrush every 3 to 4 months or after an illness
Keep Yourself Hydrated by Drinking Water
It might be tempting to grab that sugary drink when you are thirsty, but if you are trying to prevent gum disease you might want to pass on that drink and pick up a glass of water. Properly hydrating yourself will not only help you feel more energized, but it can prevent gum disease.
People who are properly hydrated often are able to produce more saliva. The more saliva that is present in your mouth, the more likely your body is to fight off the bacteria that can cause tooth decay and gum disease.
The amount of water you need to consume will vary depending upon what activities you do throughout the day and other drinks you may consume. For example, if you drink alcoholic beverages or caffeinated soda you may end up dehydrated. This means you will want to consume more water than normal to make up for the dehydrating effect caused by these other beverages.
Increase Your Vitamin C Intake
Vitamin C is known to help naturally boost your immune system. When your immune system is working properly you are able to naturally fight off harmful bacteria that can cause gum disease.
Try to increase your daily vitamin C intake if you wish to keep your immune system strong. There are a number of ways you can naturally boost your vitamin C intake. Some ways to increase vitamin C intake include taking vitamin C supplements, eating plenty of fruits and vegetables, or drinking natural, organic orange juice.
Schedule Regular Professional Cleanings with Your Dentist
Even if you brush and floss your teeth daily, you still need to visit your dentist every four to six months for regular professional cleanings. Regular professional cleanings are needed because sometimes there are areas in your mouth that are ignored or missed when brushing and flossing. Dangerous plaque can build up in these areas and cause gum disease. A professional cleaning can remove any harmful plaque that has built up and keep the teeth and gums healthy.
In addition to removing plaque that has formed, a professional cleaning gives your dentist the opportunity to check your oral health. Your dentist will look for any noticeable signs that gum disease has developed. If gum disease has developed, your dentist will work with you to create a treatment plan that will prevent the gum disease from spreading or advancing in severity.
Is it time for a routine professional cleaning? Call Cocoa Beach Family Dentistry to schedule an appointment for your routine exam and professional cleaning. We look forward to seeing you at our office.