Centerville patients ask, “How can I prevent gum disease?”
You have probably heard the term gum disease many times in your lifetime. Whether on a TV commercial or at the dentist’s office, we are presented with a lot of information on the importance of proper oral hygiene in keeping your gums and teeth healthy. At Alex Bell Dental, we believe in educating our patients on the importance of good oral habits to help you maintain a beautiful and healthy smile. Gum disease does not only affect the mouth, but can also put you at risk for other health problems including heart disease, diabetes, and strokes. By following a few simple guidelines, you can prevent gum disease and, as a result, improve your overall wellness.
- Develop a daily oral hygiene routine and stick to it. Taking proper care of your teeth is the easiest and most important step to keeping them healthy. Get in the habit of brushing your teeth twice each day, once in the morning and right before bedtime. Make sure to clean all surfaces of the teeth and don’t skip the tongue. Floss once each day with whatever type of floss you prefer. Make sure to practice correct flossing technique. Place the floss around each tooth in the shape of a U and move it up and down the tooth firmly to remove any plaque. If you are unsure how to properly floss, a member of our team will be happy to show you.
- Consider switching to an electric toothbrush. The back and forth motion of the toothbrush is more effective at removing plaque than regular toothbrushes.
- Use an antiseptic or antiplaque mouthwash.
- Visit the dentist twice each year for a regular check-up and professional cleaning.
In its earliest stage, gum disease can be reversed through a series of professional cleanings and proper at home care. Once gum disease has advanced into periodontitis, treatment becomes more extensive and patients are at a risk of losing teeth.
Symptoms of gum disease include inflamed or tender gums, chronic bad breath, receding gum line, gums bleeding while you are brushing, or changes in your bite. Because symptoms of gum disease don’t often appear until the disease has advanced, it is important to stay on top of your regular dental visits.
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of gum disease, or would simply like to learn more about preventing the disease and keeping your oral health on track, call our office today at (937) 435 7311 to schedule an appointment. We are located at 900 E. Alex Bell Rd., Centerville, OH 45459.
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