How to Prevent Gum Disease
Whether it’s to speak, eat, smile, or breathe, we use our mouths on an everyday basis. The majority of us want to keep our natural teeth for as long as possible and so we take preventative steps towards maintaining a healthy mouth and by extension a healthy body. If you want to maintain healthy teeth and gums, keep reading! Gums are the natural protectors and supporters of teeth and the tissue that holds them to the bone. Unhealthy gums put teeth and overall health at risk. Let’s take a look at what gum disease is, what causes it, what the results of gum disease are, and most importantly, how we prevent or reverse the effects of it.
What is gum disease and what is its cause?
Periodontal disease, better known as gum disease is an inflammation of the gums that can eventually affect the tooth-supporting bone in your mouth. The sticky, colourless film known as plaque contains bacteria that can lead to gum disease. Smoking, hormonal changes in women, diabetes, and other illnesses or medications, along with genetics can increase your risk of developing gum disease.
What are the effects of periodontal disease?
Tooth loss: If you are planning on keeping your teeth for a while, it’s imperative that you take care of your gums. Periodontal disease can result in tooth loss when the bacteria hides beneath the gum line and makes its way down the tooth root, eventually destroying the supporting bone and tissue that hold your teeth in place.
A link between gum disease and other diseases: People in the medical field have long been searching for the links between gum disease and other diseases. They have discovered links between periodontal disease and diabetes, heart disease, dementia, rheumatoid arthritis, and premature birth.
How can you prevent gum disease or reverse the effects?
No Tobacco: Restricting the use of tobacco plays a large roll in preventing gum disease. Smoking is the number one cause of gum disease in adults.
Limiting alcohol: Just like the rest of your body, your gums don’t really benefit from excessive drinking.
Proper brushing and flossing: It may seem like an easy concept, but there is a definite right and wrong way to brush your teeth. It begins by selecting the right toothbrush. The brush should fit comfortably in your hand and should be able to reach your back teeth without causing discomfort. Toothpaste is also important. You should choose a paste with fluoride to give your enamel some backup. Finally, it comes down to actually brushing your teeth with proper technique. Begin by placing the brush on a 45-degree angle and work around your mouth using a circular or backwards and forwards, vibrating motion. Do not scrub your teeth as it may result in both gum and tooth tissue damage. If you have difficulty remembering which teeth you have and haven’t brushed, split your teeth into quadrants. Focus on cleaning right to the gum line. In order to clean below the gum line, and eliminate the harmful bacteria, it is important to floss. Ensure that you clean every tooth on either side.
Laser: Reverse the harmful effects of gum disease by making a visit to Birch Dental Group for a laser treatment. Dentists can use laser treatment to eradicate the bacteria hiding below the gum line and significantly reduce the effects of gum disease.