Dental Hygiene Tips for Preventing Gum Disease

According to The New York Times, more than three-quarters of all American adults suffer from some form of periodontal disease, ranging from mild gingivitis to more severe periodontitis.  Physicians have found links between gum disease and serious health conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and Alzheimer’s.

Because the gums are such an important structure for supporting the teeth and protecting their sensitive roots, it is just as important to know how to prevent gum disease as it is tooth decay.  Here are a few tips from your experienced Tucson dentist for preventing periodontal disease and maintaining your smile:

Develop Regular Brushing and Flossing Habits.
The ADA recommends brushing at least twice a day and flossing at least once, especially after meals.  Even perfectly healthy teeth will collect food and debris in the spaces between teeth and below the gum line.  This can allow bacteria to accumulate and develop into plaque (and later harden into tartar), eroding tooth enamel and gum tissue if left untreated.

Watch Your Diet.
Foods that are high in sugars and starch can become trapped between the teeth more easily, reacting with bacteria and producing corrosive acids.  Other foods that are bad for teeth and gums include acidic items, such as citrus fruits and carbonated sodas. Avoid these foods to better prevent tooth decay and gum disease.

Regularly Visit Your Dentist.
Even with regular brushing habits and a careful diet, it is still important to closely monitor your oral health with dental appointments, because it is possible to have gum disease without apparent symptoms. Other factors such as age, hormones, genetics, pre-existing medical conditions, and certain medications can also adversely impact your periodontal health.

The best way to monitor your risk for gum disease is to set up an appointment with your Tucson dentist. Dr. John Carson, DDS, is an experienced dentist helping Tucson patients with cosmetic, preventative, and restorative dentistry needs. Schedule a professional consultation today by calling (520) 514-7203 or by contacting us online.


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