If you don’t already feel the need to prevent gum disease, we’re here to tell you why you should.
Gum disease can take 2 forms — gingivitis and a more advanced form called periodontitis. Both diseases come with a myriad of nasty symptoms including receding gums, gum pain, and teeth sensitivity. Interested in a toothless smile? Negative, Ghost Rider. If left untreated, gum disease can cause teeth to fall out!
B here’s something to smile about — gum disease is preventable, so it’s important you take care of your mouth from this point forward.
Jump in the pilot’s seat and work your way to top gums by:
– Brushing and flossing daily: Brush with fluoride toothpaste at least 2 times a day. Flossing is the wingman to brushing, so make sure to floss at least once a day.
– Getting regular check-ups: Regular dental check-ups are especially important in preventing gum disease. With check-ups twice a year, the condition of your gum tissue can be monitored over time to see if any problems develop. Additionally, professional cleanings are the only way to remove tartar, a buildup of bacteria along the gum line.
– Saying no to cigarettes and tobacco: Using cigarettes and/or other tobacco products automatically puts you in the danger zone. Tobacco is one of the most significant risk factors for gum disease.
– Maintaining a healthy diet: Poor nutrition can worsen your gums’ condition. Obesity is a proven risk factor for developing gum disease. Make your mouth and body happy by eating like a maverick. Load up on nutritious, low-sugar foods, limit snacking, and drink plenty of water.
Now that you’ve learned the facts, do you feel the need to prevent gum disease?