Gum disease affects about 80 percent of adults in the United States to some degree. Fortunately, you can prevent the oral health problem from progressing and becoming serious. Dr. James Fondriest, a Lake Forest, IL, dentist, can help you prevent gum disease.
Ways That You Can Prevent Gum Disease
Your first line of defense against gum disease is good oral hygiene. When you brush your teeth twice daily, floss once daily, and rinse with an antiseptic or anti-plaque mouthwash, you are protecting your oral health. Removing the biofilm that forms on your teeth stops gum disease from infiltrating your mouth.
Eating a healthy diet can also fight gum disease. When you avoid refined sugars, sodium, and saturated fat, you are keeping your waistline and teeth healthy. Cheese, yogurt, peanuts, apples, lettuce, and celery can all clean your teeth, removing sugar, neutralizing acid, and preventing plaque buildup and gum disease.
Ways That Your Dentist Can Prevent and Fight Gum Disease
Combined with proper oral hygiene and a balanced diet, regular dental checkups and cleanings will help safeguard your mouth. During a checkup, Dr. Fondriest and his hygienist can examine your mouth for signs of gum disease. With dental cleanings, his hygienist can remove the plaque from your teeth that your home dental hygiene routine cannot.
You and Dr. Fondriest can work as a team against gum disease. Call Lake Forest Dental Arts today at 847-234-0517 for your appointment.