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 some form of 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 regularly. Brushing your teeth is very important for your oral health. Make sure to brush your teeth twice daily for two minutes.
Flossing. Flossing your teeth on a regular basis is another extremely important step to take in your oral care – floss can reach places your toothbrush can’t.
Rinse with mouthwash. Using a mouthwash daily will get rid of leftover food debris and plaque that was loosened while brushing and flossing your teeth, just make sure it is ADA approved.
Lose the tobacco. Avoid cigarettes and chewing tobacco, as these types of products not only are bad for your overall health but may contribute to gum disease.
Get healthy. Keeping up a healthy diet will provide the nutrients that are necessary to help prevent gum disease from developing.
Visit the dentist. Visiting your dentist regularly for checkups, routine teeth cleanings, or other dental procedures needed to not only help keep your mouth healthy but reduce the odds for a painful visit.
If you’d like to find out more about dental health tips, contact Dr. Gary Wetzel at 717-761-8611 to schedule a consultation today. Or visit www.wetzelperio.com for more information.
Dr. Gary Wetzel proudly accepts patients from Camp Hill and all surrounding areas.