How To Prevent Gum Disease
During these challenging and unknown times, everyone is trying their best to boost their immune system and remain healthy. We all know that handwashing for 20 seconds multiple times a day is effective in combating illnesses and is helpful in avoiding getting sick. It is important to remember that your oral health also plays an important role in your overall health. Gum disease can be harmful to your teeth and gums, also increasing the risks of some serious health problems. Continue reading to learn more about gum disease and how to prevent it.
Gum disease, or periodontal disease, is a serious gum infection and inflammation caused by bacterial growth along the gumline and around the base of the tooth. While this disease is preventable, almost half of American adults are unknowingly suffering from some form of this silent disease. Although many adults are infected, oftentimes it remains undetected until it is too late.
There are several symptoms that you can look for to assist with detection:
- Gums that bleed easily or appear puffy or swollen
- Bad breath
- Painful chewing
- Loose teeth
- Spaces developing between teeth
- Gums that are pulling away from teeth
- Change in bite
The most important way to prevent gum disease is proper tooth brushing techniques. Brushing teeth twice a day for two minutes at a time is the minimum recommendation; however, brushing after every meal is ideal. Remembering to floss and use mouthwash daily is also important. Eating a healthy diet full of healthy fruits and vegetables, being sure to avoid an overabundance of sugar and starchy foods is suggested. Of course, we also recommend avoiding cigarette smoking and any form of tobacco use, which contributes to gum disease.
During your routine cleanings twice a year, we make it a point to carefully check for signs of gum disease and will be sure to address the issue with you if we suspect the condition. In the meantime, if you have any questions about gum disease or your oral health in general, please feel free to contact our office located in Terre Haute, IN, and we will be happy to help.