Gum disease is an inflammation of the gums, which is often caused by the bacteria in plaque – a sticky, bacteria-filled film that naturally forms on your teeth.
If plaque is not removed regularly by brushing, flossing, rinsing with mouthwash and occasionally getting teeth professionally cleaned by a dentist, it can build up. This build-up can cause the bacteria to affect your gums, teeth and eventually, the gum tissue and even the bones that support the structure of your teeth. The last part is simply the worst because once it happens, your tooth will become loose and in time, will fall out or if not, will have to be removed by a dentist.
Missing teeth are just the worst. Aesthetically, they just don’t look good because an incomplete smile is just, well, incomplete. Health-wise, a missing tooth is just a start and the condition will inevitably grow worse.
As such, when it comes to missing teeth, prevention is always better.
Here are a few tips to help make sure that you prevent yourself from being one of the latest victims of any form of periodontal disease.
- Brush and Floss Regularly
You’ve heard of this before and you’ll probably hear of it again, but it’s all for a good reason – brushing and flossing regularly are simply two of the best things you can do to keep your teeth intact.
You can also rinse with mouthwash regularly to help prevent the growth of bacteria and plaque even more.
- Avoid Clenching or Grinding Your Teeth
Both are usually the result of stress, so you may want to try learning ways to control and cope with stress better, such as relaxation techniques. Also, if you clench or gride your teeth while you sleep, you can try asking your dentist for a bite guard to help protect your teeth overnight.
- Live a healthy and positive lifestyle
On the topic of stress, it’s been proven that there’s a correlation between stress levels and the immune system. The more stressed you are, the weaker your immune system will be and a weak immune system won’t be able to fight bacteria effectively, making you more prone to plaque buildup and in turn, gum disease among others.
Living a more positive lifestyle by managing stress, getting the right amount of exercise and sleep, as well as following a healthy diet can slow down the onset of gum disease, or even prevent it.
- Stop Smoking
Not that you needed another reason to stop smoking, but in case you don’t know, smoking increases one’s risk for periodontal disease dramatically. Even worse is that smokers’ dental problems are much harder to treat because they respond to treatment differently than non-smokers.
So, put down the cigarette and take up a new hobby, preferably one that doesn’t involve putting harmful substances inside your body.
- Start Early
To the parents out there, it’s important that you know that your child’s long-term oral health depends on how and if you start them early.
Emphasizing dental care in kids can go a long way in preventing periodontal disease and making sure that they enjoy their full set of teeth for the rest of their live.
- Visit the Dentist Regularly
It’s often recommended to see the dentist twice a year. Though, if you’ve been found to be suffering from gum disease already, you may want to schedule dental appointments much more regularly.
Make sure that at least once a year your dentist gets to do a complete and thorough check-up of your mouth and teeth to check for not just signs of gum disease, but also oral cancer.
Follow these tips to the letter and you’ll find yourself boasting a healthy, complete set of pearly whites throughout your life!
If you have questions or would like to schedule a visit for more information regaruding gum disease, contact Dr. Andrew Weber DDS at 201-496-5603 today.