Preventing Gum Disease to Maintain a Healthy Smile
Because periodontal disease, or “gum disease,” is slow to progress and oftentimes painless, it can quickly reach the advanced stages before patients notice any concerns. Gum disease not only impacts the gums, but the teeth and bone. To avoid the development of periodontal disease, patients should pay close attention to their oral health habits. The dentists of Dental365 in New York and Connecticut are committed to educating patients on methods to reduce their risk of developing periodontal disease.
Prevention begins in the home
While a dental hygienist can help in removing tartar and plaque while seeking early signs of decay and disease, it is essential that patients pay close attention to their oral health each day to properly care for their smile. Here are a few measures patients can take to prevent periodontal disease and maintain a healthy smile for life:
- Brush teeth with a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoridated toothpaste at least twice a day for two minutes. Patients should take great care to ensure they gently brush along the gumline and the tongue to reduce the risk of bad breath.
- Floss daily to remove food particles from between the teeth. Patients can use floss to get places where a toothbrush cannot. If patients struggle with holding and maneuvering floss, they are encouraged to try a water pick or special floss applicators that can make the process simpler. If there are questions on what a water pick is, the hygienists and dentists at Dental365 can be of assistance.
- Add rinsing your mouth to your daily routine. Mouthwashes can be used to reduce plaque up to 20%, and can be added to any oral health routine. Mouthwashes are not a substitute for brushing and flossing.
- Maintain a healthy diet. When you enjoy foods low in sugars and starches, you can reduce the amount of plaque that can develop and prevent gum disease and cavities.
- Avoid bad habits, such as smoking cigarettes or chewing tobacco. These not only increase the risk of gum disease, but also oral cancer.
- Visit the dentist regularly. Patients should see their dentist every six months for a cleaning and evaluation, and more if they have periodontal disease or developing cavities.
Learn more about oral health care solutions
Prevent gum disease, cavities, and poor oral health by working with the team at Dental365 in New York, New Jersey, & Connecticut. Call (844) 365-DENTAL today to schedule an appointment at any one of our convenient locations in the community. We welcome new patients and families into our office.