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Ways to Prevent Gum Disease

Ways to Prevent Gum Disease

Posted by VIDA DENTISTRY on Feb 20 2023, 09:21 AM

Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is an infection of the gum tissue. Gum disease is caused by plaque, which is made of bacteria. If you don't remove plaque by brushing and flossing your teeth, it will continue to build up. This can lead to gum irritation and swelling. The gums can pull away from the teeth and form pockets. Bacteria can hide in these pockets and cause infection.

Brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing at least once a day will help keep plaque away, but there are also other things you can do at home to prevent gum disease. These include:

  • Using a mouth guard when playing sports or performing other activities that may put your smile at risk. Wearing a mouth guard can protect your teeth and gums from chips and fractures that may lead to sensitivity and even tooth loss. Your dentist can make a custom-fit mouth guard for you.
  • Quitting smoking or using tobacco products. Tobacco products can wreak havoc on your mouth's soft tissues, increasing your risk of gum recession. The chemicals in cigarettes can also stain your teeth and lead to bad breath. If you can't quit smoking on your own, ask your dentist about quitting resources in your area.
  • Limiting how often you consume sugary foods and beverages. Sugary foods feed the bacteria that cause plaque buildup, which in turn can increase your risk of cavities and gum disease. If you do consume sugar-filled treats regularly, rinse your mouth out with water afterward. You can also chew on sugar-free gum after a meal to help clean your teeth and prevent cavities.

Regular Visits To the Dentist

Most people know that they shouldn't skip their regular checkups with the dentist, but did you know that these visits can also help prevent gum disease? At your regular appointments, you will undergo a thorough oral exam and x-rays to check for signs of periodontal disease. These exams allow your dentist to diagnose gingivitis in the early stages when treatment is more effective.

During your cleanings, the dentist will carefully remove any plaque or tartar buildup from the teeth. Having a clean mouth will reduce the likelihood that bacteria will form on your teeth. Plaque left on the teeth will eventually harden into tartar, which can only be removed by a professional cleaning. By eliminating this buildup of debris, you can prevent gum irritation and keep your immune system healthy.

If it's been six months or longer since your last routine visit, call our office today to schedule an appointment.

Schedule a consultation with our dentist in Mission Viejo, CA, to see if gum disease is right for you! Call our office at 949-209-8889 or request an appointment online. We're located at 25270 Marguerite Pkwy Suite C, Mission Viejo, CA 92692. Our dental office serves the communities in and around Mission Viejo, CA. We would be happy to meet with you to discuss how to keep your gums healthy!

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