Gum disease is a common oral health concern that can happen to almost anyone. With the proper home care early on you will be able to reduce your risk of developing gum disease.
- Brush Your Teeth Regularly
As obvious as this may sound, regular brushing can do wonders for gum disease prevention. Brushing your teeth gets rid of bacteria and plaque that forms around the gums and it keeps your smile bright and white. Brush your teeth twice a day, every day.
- Fluoride Toothpaste
Fluoride is a common ingredient in toothpaste that is used to strengthen teeth. The fluoride helps prevent gum disease and tooth decay by warding off bacteria that tries to stick around. If you want to get even more fluoride out of your dental routine, you can use ACT mouthwash or a similar product that boost fluoride levels in your mouth.
- Tongue Scraper
Tongue scrapers can remove a ton of bacteria that gets trapped on your tongue. Your tongue is really nothing more than a giant sponge in your mouth, soaking up bacteria that will eventually work its way into your gums.
- Eat Healthy Foods
Maintaining a healthy, well-balanced diet will help your smile stay clean and bright. With the proper nutrients in your body, your immune system will naturally fight the bacteria that causes bad breath and gum disease. Drinking water throughout the day will continuously rinse out your mouth, which again will get rid of bacteria.
- Visit Your Dentist Twice a Year
Maintaining your dental cleanings will get rid of the plaque and bacteria that you cannot get out on your own. These visits will also allow your dentist to see early signs of gum disease and suggest ways to avoid them before they fully develop.
To learn more about gum disease prevention please contact Maple Avenue Family Dentistry at 401-237-4038.