Did you know gum disease is one of the leading cause of tooth loss in adults?
Gingivitis is a progressive bacterial infection of the gums that can evolve into periodontal disease. Periodontal disease can affect the overall health and function of the gums, teeth, and surrounding bone structure if left untreated.
The good news is that gum disease can be prevented with proper care and intervention from an experienced dentist. To learn more about the ways to improve your gum health and reduce your risk of gum disease, read on.
1. Maintain An Excellent Oral Hygiene Routine
Gum disease thrives off of the bacteria in plaque. When you don’t properly clean your teeth and gums, you increase your chance of plaque build-up. Make sure you brush and floss your teeth properly can help remove plaque from between the teeth and along the gum line.
2. Eat A Balanced Diet
By eating a balanced diet, you can improve your overall health and the health of your smile. To help reduce your risk of gum disease and tooth decay, be sure to limit or cut out sugary foods and beverages. If you want to learn more about what types of foods to include into your diet, speak to your doctor or dentist at your next visit.
3. Drink Water
Water is one of the most natural ways to fight against plaque build-up. Water helps promote saliva production. After you eat a meal, saliva can help remove food particles and plaque that may accumulate on the teeth. Be sure to stay hydrated throughout the day and drink water after every meal.
4. Visit The Dentist Regularly
Patients should visit the dentist at least twice a year for a dental check-up and professional teeth cleaning. During a teeth cleaning, a highly skilled dental hygienist will gently remove plaque from the teeth and gum line. For patients with advanced stage gum disease, we may perform a scaling and root planing, which is a gum disease treatment that cleans deep periodontal pockets surrounding the teeth.
If you have not visited the dentist recently, visit Strongsville, OH dentist Dr. Leah Butler for the care you need. To schedule an appointment, call (440) 230-6748 or request an appointment online.