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What Does It Take to Prevent Gum Disease?
Posted on March 14th, 2017
Do you often notice your gums bleeding when you brush or floss? Have you noticed that they look discolored, or even inflamed? What about your breath? Has it been bad, lately, no matter how often you brush? Did you know that these are all warning signs of gingivitis, the first stage of gum disease? Unaddressed, gingivitis can eventually lead to loosening of the gum tissue, and finally loss of teeth. Fortunately, if you seek treatment promptly a dentist could likely help to restore your oral health. Best of all, gum disease is preventable. It just requires a diligent combination of hygiene and dental visits.
Care for Your Teeth and Gums with Daily Hygiene
Daily hygiene is a great way to protect the smile from gum disease. Sadly, the majority of adults in America admit to flossing only occasionally, if at all. While brushing the teeth is important, flossing is also essential, because it helps to remove more bacteria than brushing alone can reach.
So, if you are not yet regularly flossing, you should make that a priority this year. Not only will your teeth remain cleaner between dental visits, but you are less likely to have inflamed and irritated gums, as well.
Be Mindful of What You Eat and Drink
Sugar is what the bacteria in your mouth feed upon, so the more you consume, the more likely you are to struggle with both gum and dental issues. To protect your smile, it’s best to limit your sugar intake. This means making sweets an occasional treat, but it also means reading the labels on the foods and drinks you buy. Many seemingly smart choices like granola bars, yogurts, and even juices can be shockingly high in added sugar. So look carefully at what you are buying, and consuming, and try to limit the sugar.