Reduce the Risk of Gum Disease
Posted on: Monday, June 10th, 2019
Gum disease results in more than just embarrassing bleeding gums and bad breath. It can also lead to loose or missing teeth, bone loss in the jaw, and other health problems. It is important that you always strive to reduce your risk of gum disease. Here’s what you need to know.
What is Gum Disease?
Gum disease is sometimes referred to as gingivitis, which is the medical term used when the disease is only in the gum. It is also sometimes referred to as periodontal disease, which does affect the gums but can also affect the jawbone and teeth. Gum disease is typically caused by food and plaque becoming trapped in the space between the gum edge we can see and where it actually attaches to the teeth, which is called the sulcus. Routine examinations, dental cleanings, and good oral hygiene can help prevent gum disease.
Try Oil Pulling
Holistic dentistry utilizes the most natural methods possible to attain optimal oral health, and oil pulling is one such strategy that has been used for thousands of years to rid the mouth of harmful bacteria. This technique simply involves swishing coconut oil around in the mouth for about 15 minutes. The oil’s antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal properties actually pull dangerous microbes out of the teeth and gums. Be sure to spit all oil out of your mouth when you’re done. You will notice that your teeth look whiter and feel cleaner, while your gums become less inflamed.
An Ounce of Prevention
What you do at home with your oral health care routine will make the biggest impact on your gum health. It is important that you brush your teeth at least twice a day, opt for using an electric toothbrush to maximize your home care. You should also floss after every meal, we recommend you use Waterpik, but of course you can use regular floss.
When using mouthwash be sure to use a mouthwash without any harmful chemicals and with antibacterial mouthwash can help reduce risk of infection that can lead to gum disease.
These practices combined done on a regular schedule is the best way to prevent gum disease.
It is also very important you visit your dental hygienist and dentist for your scheduled checkups.
For more tips on how to brush and floss check out How to Maintain Strong Dental Health blog article.
When Gums Bleed
When your gums bleed, it is your first sign that you might have or be developing gum disease. If you are worried about your risk of gum disease, or you have symptoms of periodontal disease now, contact us today for an appointment.
Getting a dental exam and cleaning eve six months is one of the best things you can do to prevent gum disease. Contact us today.