How to Avoid Gum Disease

March 29, 2023 12:08 am

Closeup of a toothbrush with blood on it over a sink with blood from bleeding gums that have gum disease

If left untreated, gum disease can lead to gum recession and tissue deterioration, and eventually tooth loss and the need for tooth replacement. While many patients are more focused on caring for their teeth than their gums, both are equally important!

Gum disease develops when plaque builds up under and along the gum line. Plaque is a sticky film of bacteria that irritates and inflames the gum tissue. Over time, it can result in infection that damages the gums and bone. The bacteria also produce harmful acids that erode your enamel and cause tooth decay.

Many patients aren’t aware they have gum disease until it’s quite advanced. Some symptoms of gum disease to look out for include:

  • Abnormally red gums
  • Swollen, tender gum tissue
  • Gums that are prone to bleeding
  • Consistent bad breath
  • Receding gums
  • Tooth sensitivity

There are several stages of gum disease. The first stage, gingivitis, is the only stage that can be reversed. These tips can help you prevent gingivitis and also reverse it early:

  1. Brush Twice a Day
  2. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste to brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes each time. Brushing your teeth removes bacteria from your teeth and gums.

  3. Floss Once a Day
  4. Flossing is a critical part of your oral hygiene routine. Floss removes trapped particles from between your teeth and under your gums that could otherwise cause gum irritation and bad breath.

  5. Consume a Balanced Diet
  6. A diet with excessive sugary foods and beverages encourages the buildup of plaque. Eat these in moderation. Prioritize whole fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean protein, and dairy to reduce plaque formation and support strong teeth and gums. Additionally, drink plenty of water.

  7. Regularly Visit Serene Dentistry
  8. Routine cleanings and checkups are an important step in maintaining good oral health. Most patients benefit from dental cleanings and exams every six months. Our team will let you know if you need a deep cleaning and/or more frequent visits. Contact us today to schedule an appointment at Serene Dentistry! We offer comprehensive dental services and have many payment options.

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