You may not know it, but you could have gum disease. The CDC estimates about half of the adults in the United States suffer from periodontal disease.
Periodontal disease consists of inflammation that if left untreated, can cause you to lose teeth. If you notice signs of gingivitis like red or bleeding gums, speak to your dentist. You are on your way to a serious issue but can definitely turn it around.
If you are looking for tips to ensure you avoid costly dental issues, keep reading for five great tips for preventing gum disease.
1. Check Your Daily Habits
The first step towards avoiding gum disease is proper prevention methods. These include brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing at least once a day.
It’s important to regularly clean your teeth this way to ensure food particles don’t remain on your teeth and cause decay and other issues.
Consider adding a mouthwash to your oral hygiene routine as an extra cleaning step and for minty breath.
2. Brush at the Gumline
Preventing gum disease also requires you pay attention to your gumline. This area tends to accumulate plaque and often isn’t cleaned well.
Keep your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle so you clean both your gums and teeth. Move your brush back and forth to reach every important area.
Using the proper technique for brushing your teeth will help you keep your smile healthy and avoid potential costly cosmetic repairs down the road.
3. Bone Health
Bones in your body break when they become weak. This applies to your jawbone too. Keep all your bones happy by exercising, eating healthy, and avoiding smoking.
Be sure to check if you are getting enough calcium in your diet. Teens and older women require more calcium than others.
4. Clean Your Tongue
If you ever felt like there was a film on your tongue, guess what? There probably was. Bacteria can cling to your tongue between all your taste buds and this bacteria can cause gum disease and other dental issues.
As part of your daily routine, scrape your tongue with your toothbrush or another object that isn’t sharp. You could use a Popsicle stick or even a spoon.
You will have to scrape back and forth anywhere from 10 to 20 times to completely clean it.
5. Decrease Your Stress
One last tip for preventing gum disease is to assess your overall lifestyle. Are you super stressed at work? Not sleeping or drinking more than normal?
Our body responds to how we feel and our gums are no different. Work towards decreasing your stress levels by testing out yoga or meditation. Try to work towards a healthy, balanced diet full of vegetables.
Preventing Gum Disease for Good
If you follow these helpful tips, you will significantly reduce the chances of having gum issues in the future.
These are good tips for anyone to follow, so be sure to implement them yourself, but to also share with your children and other family members.
Do you have some additional questions about your oral health? If so, contact us and we will be happy to help you out.