Gum disease affects more than 3 million people every year, and we don’t want you to be one of them. This disease involves the swelling of gums, making them tender and red. People with gum disease may experience toothaches, bleeding, tooth loss, or bad breath. In addition, the infection can severely damage the gums and jawbone. Here are some of the best ways you can prevent gum disease.
Brush Twice a Day
Brushing is one of the best ways to prevent gum disease because it removes the bacteria in the mouth. You should brush your teeth twice a day or after every meal. It’s important to brush your tongue as well since it also collects bacteria. Consider investing in an electric toothbrush which is better at removing plaque than a regular toothbrush.
Floss Every Day
Flossing helps to remove excess plaque and food accumulated in the mouth throughout the day that a toothbrush can’t reach. Many people put off flossing, but it is recommended to floss at least once a day.
Quit Smoking (if you do)
Not only is smoking bad for the lungs, but it is also bad for the mouth. Smoking is strongly correlated with the progression of gum disease and weakens your immune system, meaning your body has a more challenging time fighting off gum infections.
Get Regular Dental Cleanings
Dentists can diagnose gum disease in the early stages so that you can treat symptoms before they worsen. Plus, a professional cleaning is the only way to remove tartar, a calcified deposit that can lead to gum disease.
At Firefly Family Dentistry, we want to help keep your teeth and mouth in great shape so that you never have to struggle with a gum disease diagnosis. Schedule your cleaning today by calling 414-258-8190.