How To Prevent Gum Disease (Gingivitis)
Gingitivis is an inflammation of the gums and the main cause of tooth loss in adults.
According to some estimates, more than 85% of the U.S. population over the age of 30 have some form of the disease.
When inflammation is left untreated it can lead to a more serious infection called periodontitis which destroys the soft tissue and bone that support the teeth. Ultimately periodontitis will destroy the bones, gums and tissue that support the teeth and they may eventually become loose and need to be removed.
The Following Raise Your Risk of Developing Gum Disease:
v Systemic diseases such as diabetes
v Poor dental hygiene
v Pregnancy or hormonal changes
v Fillings that have become defective
v Some types of medication
v Cigarettes and chewing tobacco
Tips For Prevention:
v Brush teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste. Brushing removes plaque from the tooth surfaces
v Use dental floss at least once a day. Cleaning between teeth is every bit as important as brushing
v Replace your toothbrush every three or four months
v Use Antimicrobial mouth rinses to reduce the bacterial count and stop bacterial activity in dental plaque which can cause gingivitis
v Avoid snacks in between meals
v Limit intake of beverages and food high in added sugars, especially sticky, sweet foods. Prolonged exposure to sugary foods increases plaque – a colorless film of bacteria that causes cavities and gum disease
v Chew sugar-free gum. This helps stimulate saliva production and clean the surface of the teeth. Look for the American Dental Association (ADA) Seal of Acceptance when choosing a sugarless gum.
v Drink plenty of water. This keeps your mouth hydrated and washes away food particles from the teeth
How Do I know If I Have Gum Disease?
v Bad breath that won’t go away
v Red, swollen or bleeding gums
v Loose teeth
v Sensitive teeth
v Gums that have pulled away from the teeth
v Painful chewing
v Any change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite
v Dentures that do not fit well
Win the battle against gum disease by keeping your teeth and gums healthy. Brush and floss regularly and see your dentist for regular checkups and cleanings.