Gum disease is a silent killer that often goes undetected for years. Gums more often than not get neglected in the daily hygiene routine with many reluctant to spend the extra minutes to floss. Gum disease can lead to painful tooth decay and tooth loss which requires cosmetic work to fix. Developing good oral hygiene habits as soon as possible is the most important way to prevent and treat gum disease and it is never too late to get started. In this blog, we will be taking a look at some of the best preventative steps you can take to maintain your gum health.
Flossing is an underrated step in many people’s daily routine that can drastically help the health of your gums. Flossing helps to remove food particles and plaque from your teeth and gums. If plaque isn’t removed the build-up of bacteria can lead to the formation of gum disease. A key way to tell if your gums are not healthy is if they bleed when you floss or if you experience any discomfort while flossing. After you get into a daily routine of flossing you should experience less sensitivity and no longer experience bleeding.
Use Mouth Wash
Adding mouth wash to your daily routine is a great way to use mouth wash after brushing your teeth. Mouth wash has been proven to help prevent gum disease, reduce plaque build-up, and remove stubborn food particles from the gums. There are many different kinds of mouth wash that can be purchased over the counter, if you are confused about which kind to get feel free to consult with our dental experts at Dr.Emma Wu & Associates. It is important to note that mouth wash isn’t a replacement for brushing and flossing but rather is something that should be added to your current routine.
Proper Teeth Brushing
It is important to brush your teeth twice daily. However, it takes brushing your teeth properly to be able to get all of the benefits. First, make sure you have quality toothpaste, we suggest using fluoride toothpaste. Next, be sure to have a quality eclectic or manual soft bristle toothbrush. Brush your teeth at a 45-minute angle for about two minutes to ensure you cover each area of your mouth.
Routine Dental Cleanings
Regular dental cleanings help to ensure the overall health and wellness of your oral health. We suggest coming in every 6 months for routine cleaning. Doing this will allow us to be able to catch and help to treat any signs of gum disease. During a professional cleaning, plaque is removed from the teeth with tools that allow for better removal than a toothbrush. Getting rid of built-up plaque helps to minimize the chance of disease. Establishing a treatment plan early is the best way to take care of diseases and the best way for us to do this is by seeing you regularly.