What can I do to prevent gum disease between visits?
A good home oral hygiene routine can help maintain your health between visits. It can also help to prevent the onset of gum disease. Gum disease is the primary cause of adult tooth loss. Why? Because most people do not realise gum disease is as serious as tooth decay. The prevalence of the condition is also shown to have a direct correlation with the severity of other health conditions including:
- Cardiovascular diseases
- Erectile dysfunction
- Premature birth and low birth weight
- Sleep apnea
Preventing cavities and gum disease routinely depend on a two-step oral hygiene process that includes:
Correct tooth brushing is always done with a soft bristled brush, to prevent gum recession or excessive wear. Brush for two minutes, twice daily, focusing on only one or two teeth at a time. Angling the bristles toward the gum lines will help remove plaque deposits that are accumulating just under the edge of the gums.
Cleaning between the teeth and under the gum line is essential for complete oral hygiene. Wrap the floss tightly around each tooth, sliding it up and down several times against the tooth and just below the gumline. This process removes plaque buildup between the teeth and just under the gum tissues where periodontal disease first starts.
If swelling or bleeding is present when you brush or floss, continue brushing as directed. Improvement is typically seen within two weeks. For patients with additional fixed prosthesis such as braces or bridges, our dental hygienists will discuss techniques and oral hygiene aids that can be used to improve your plaque control. Schedule your preventive care appointment by calling us today.