Gum Disease or Periodontal Disease is primarily caused by plaque buildup along the gum line. When plaque builds along this line, it irritates the gums and causes swelling, bleeding and inflammation. If not treated immediately, it can result in damage of gum and jawbone as well as tooth decay or loss. To ensure that none of these happens, it’s best that you take preventive measures such as the following:
Brush Your Teeth Regularly. It’s not enough that you brush once a day. It’s imperative that you brush at least twice daily – once in the morning and once again before you sleep. It’s also a good idea to brush during the day after consuming foods and beverages. Use fluoride toothpaste. See to it that you get all surfaces covered. Brush your tongue too as this is where most bacteria reside. If brushing the teeth is not possible temporarily, chew a sugar-free gum that contains xylitol.
Use an Electric Toothbrush. Many dentists now prefer to use electric toothbrush that has rotating and oscillating motions. An electric toothbrush can give 3,000 to 7,500 strokes per minute. An even more high-tech electric toothbrush called sonic toothbrush can offer a staggering 30,000 to 40,000 strokes per minute. Compared to the 300 to 600 strokes per minute given by a traditional toothbrush, you surely have an edge using the electric one. When people are on a rush, they don’t brush their teeth as thoroughly as needed. If you have an electric toothbrush, this shouldn’t be a problem. When buying this toothbrush, look for one that has the American Dental Association (ADA) Seal of Acceptance.
Floss Your Teeth Daily. Apart from brushing your teeth, you should also floss daily. Even if you’re using a high tech electric or sonic toothbrush, there would still be places like those spaces in between the teeth that you will miss. This can be reached by a dental floss. When flossing, be sure to slide it gently under the gum line so that the plaque forming there can be removed. Move the floss up and down through the teeth to scrape the plaque off. Then after you’ve brushed and flossed, use an antiseptic mouthwash.
See Your Dentist Regularly for Professional Cleaning. Since brushing and flossing may still miss out on some plaque that may harden into tartar, it’s a must to visit your dentist to have your teeth cleaned professionally at least once every year. Getting your teeth cleaned twice a year is even better. The dentist will also check on the condition of your teeth and gums to see if they are in top shape. If not, your dentist will recommend immediate treatment before any condition becomes worse and inflict serious damage to your oral health.
Eat Healthy Diet Consisting Of Whole Grains, Vegetables and Fruits. These are called “nature’s toothbrush” that can help remove plaque in the teeth so you’ll have healthier gums. Stay away from sugary treats and snacks as these build plaque in the teeth.