Gum disease (also known as “periodontitis”) occurs when bacteria accumulates on the surface of your teeth. It goes without saying that it important to know how to avoid gum disease. Gingivitis is the first phase of gum disease and is fairly common as nearly half of all adults experience it. With the right treatment, gingivitis can be reversed. If gingivitis is left untreated, pockets between the tooth and gum can form and fill up with harmful bacteria. At this stage, the gingivitis has likely transformed into gum disease. It becomes almost impossible to eliminate the bacteria in your mouth after this has occurred. So you’ll need to contact a periodontist for treatment as soon as possible.
How to Avoid Gum Disease
It is best to avoid gum disease altogether if possible. However, lifestyle behaviors and genetics can play a huge role in your oral health. A good oral healthcare routine is integral to combating gum disease. Below are some of the steps you can take to keep your teeth and gums healthy, and avoid gum disease. Visit the best dentist Burbank has available to learn more or receive treatment.
Brush at least twice a day for two minutes (each time) with a soft-bristled toothbrush. Be sure to brush the inside, outside, and bite area of your teeth. When brushing the inside and outside, be sure to use a circular motion and go over your gums. Don’t forget to brush your tongue as well as it can be a hotbed for bacteria. Use a toothpaste with fluoride for the best results.
Use floss at least once a day as it can help reduce plaque on your teeth and get the hard to reach places your toothbrush can’t.
Use mouthwash with fluoride when you can’t brush your teeth after a meal, snack, or drink. This should not be a replacement for brushing, but it is better than nothing.
Visit the dentist at least every six months. If the dentist recommends you visit more often, then follow their recommendations. Those who have gum disease will likely have to go every three months.
Avoid sugary foods, drinks, and carbohydrates. Eating a healthy diet filled with healthy proteins, fruits, vegetables, and nutrient-rich foods can help your overall health and your oral health.
Wait at least thirty minutes to brush or floss your teeth after a meal or snack. Your enamel can more susceptible to damage right after you eat or drink. So wait at least half an hour.
Understanding Your Risk
Certain factors place you at a higher risk for gum disease. Below you will find the most common risk factors.
- Smoking: Chewing tobacco and smoking can interfere with the regular function of the cells in your gum tissue. This can make your mouth more vulnerable to infection due to harmful bacteria. Quitting smoking has benefits for both your oral and overall health.
- Genetics: A family history that includes gum disease can put you slightly more at risk. Inform your dentist so they are aware of your heightened risk.
- Nutritional Deficiencies: A diet high in sugar and carbohydrates and low in water and vitamin C can place you at a higher risk for gum disease. Be sure to take your vitamins and drink at least eight glasses of water each day.
If you have inflamed gums, bleeding, or think you may have gum disease, contact Coastland Dental for an appointment. No matter what your dental needs are, the team at Coastland Dental is experienced and ready to diagnose and treat your dental issues, including gum disease. They can walk you through the process of treating your gums and get you back on track. Contact Coastland Dental today to set up an appointment!