Oral hygiene is extremely important to your overall health, and that includes your gums. Studies have shown that nearly 50 percent of American adults have either mild, moderate or severe gum disease. So, if you have been told you have periodontal disease, you’re not alone. Fortunately, there are precautions you can take to prevent and slow the progression of gum disease. And to be honest, these tips aren’t that difficult. It’s all things we’ve been taught since we’ve been children, but with 50 percent of us having gum disease, we can all use a refresher. Whether you suffer from gum disease or not, these following tips are helpful in preventing and slowing gum disease:
Brush Your Teeth. Brushing your teeth is very important for your oral health. Make sure to brush your teeth twice daily for two minutes. If you prefer you can brush after every meal to prevent food debris from getting trapped in between your teeth and gums.
Flossing. We all seem to let this one fall to the wayside, but flossing your teeth on a regular basis is another extremely important step to take in your oral care since floss can reach places your tooth brush can’t.
Use Mouthwash. Using a mouthwash daily will get rid of leftover food debris and plaque that was loosened while brushing and flossing your teeth. Pick your favorite flavor, just make sure it is ADA approved.
Become, or Remain, Tobacco Free. Avoid cigarettes and chewing tobacco, as these types of products not only are bad for your overall health, but may contribute to gum disease.
Keep a Healthy Diet. Sugary and starchy foods increase the amount of plaque, but there are lots of foods that can actually improve your oral health. Keeping up a healthy diet will provide the nutrients that are necessary to help prevent gum disease from developing.
Keep Your Dentist Appointments. Keeping any type of medical appointment is tough, especially when it tends to have a chance for pain. But visiting your dentist regularly for checkups, routine teeth cleanings, or to have dental problems corrected will not only help keep your mouth healthy, but will also reduce the need to assume your appointment is going to be painful. Preventative measures are always a great way to reduce any sort of malady.
If you’re interested in learning more about gum disease prevention, contact Dr. Wetzel in Camp Hill, PA at 717-761-8611 to schedule an appointment today or visit our website at www.wetzelperio.com for more information.
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