Sure, most people think about their teeth when they think about their smiles. But the teeth would be nothing without healthy gum tissue holding them in place. Unfortunately, gum disease is a common condition, one that is estimated to impact millions of Americans. Unaddressed, gum disease can lead to tooth loss, and may contribute to other health problems, as well, given the bloodstream’s connection to the entire body. The good news is that you can help to protect your smile from gum disease, and other issues, by simply taking proper preventive measures.
What Can You Do To Protect Your Smile At-Home?
While regular dental cleanings are essential to protecting your smile, that doesn’t mean that there are no ways you can protect your teeth and gums at-home. In fact, there are several surprisingly simple ways that you can help to limit tartar buildup, which is responsible for creating many dental problems, including gingivitis, the first stage of gum disease.
- Since plaque on and around the teeth can lead to irritation of the gums, it’s important to brush your teeth properly, at least two times a day. Brushing should involve a pea-sized amount of fluoridated toothpaste, circular motions, and should last two minutes each time.
- Of course, flossing is also important to protecting one’s gums. Make sure you are using enough floss to gently move a clean strip of floss between each of your teeth.
- What you eat and drink will also impact your oral health. To keep your smile healthy, you should be drinking water throughout the day, and avoid lots of sugar. Sugar allows the bacteria in the mouth to feed upon it, leading to increased potential for dental problems.
- Regular dental cleanings can help remove tartar, but if you are already suffering symptoms of a dental issue, like gingivitis you may find that a deeper cleaning, like gum disease treatment, is in order, to help rid your mouth of further bacteria.
Need Periodontal Care?
Regular dental cleanings can help to keep your whole smile healthy, including your gums. You can schedule a preventive appointment with Dr. Fondriest by calling Lake Forest Dental Arts at (847) 234-0517. We welcome patients from the North Shore area of Chicago, including Winnetka, Highland Park, North Brook, Glenview, and the surrounding communities.