When you hear about the effects of severe gum disease, such as tooth loss and jawbone degradation, you can easily forget that the condition starts as just a minor irritation in your gums. Caused by harmful oral bacteria, this irritation is known as gingivitis, and the key to preventing gum disease lies in preventing gingivitis from forming. As a product of oral bacteria, gingivitis prevention relies heavily on your hygiene routine and how effective you are at controlling these bacteria on a daily basis.
Focusing on Gum Health
- When you brush your teeth, be sure to angle your toothbrush at about a 45-degree angle to effectively clean the germs along your gum line. Otherwise, they may slip past your toothbrush and underneath your gums, where you will no longer be able to reach them, and lead to progressive gum irritation and infection.
- Add mouth rinse to your hygiene routine for improved results. Swishing mouth rinse around in your mouth will help dislodge and wash away plaque and food particles that your toothbrush bristles can’t reach. For optimal results, ask your dentist to recommend a rinse that includes antibacterial properties.
- Even when you’re not at your bathroom sink cleaning your teeth, you can still fight harmful oral bacteria by drinking plenty of water throughout the day. On one hand, water helps neutralize harmful microbes; on the other, it keeps your saliva flowing at optimal levels to rinse them away when you aren’t brushing or rinsing.
Learn More About Preventing Gum Disease
In your consistent fight against gum disease, your daily hygiene routine is your most effective weapon. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling Lake Forest Dental Arts in Lake Forest, IL, at 847-234-0517. We also proudly serve residents of Lake Bluff, Chicago, Libertyville, Gurnee, Highland Park, Vernon hills, Winnetka, Wilmette, Kenilworth, Bannockburn, Ravinia, and all surrounding communities in the Chicago Metro area.