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How To Avoid Gum Disease

How To Avoid Gum Disease

Maintaining good oral health not only impacts your overall physical well-being but also plays a vital role in determining your eligibility for dental implants. Gum disease primarily affects the gums (obviously), teeth, and jaws, potentially leading to various health complications. Moreover, it can significantly increase the risk of implant failure.

Fortunately, adopting preventive measures is the key to averting periodontal disease. By adhering to an excellent oral hygiene routine, you can ensure the longevity and vitality of your gums. So whether you require an implant, have recently undergone implant surgery, or simply aim to safeguard against tooth loss, continue reading for valuable insights.

What is Gum Disease?

Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is an incredibly prevalent condition that can wreak havoc on your oral health if left unchecked. Besides causing cavities and tooth loss, this sneaky ailment has even more dire consequences. It can heighten your vulnerability to stroke, heart disease, and potentially impact certain types of cancers and individuals dealing with diabetes.

Gum disease occurs when pesky bacteria worm their way into the tender tissues of your precious gums. And the deeper these insidious invaders penetrate, the greater the threat they pose to your pearly whites and jawbones. If allowed to persist, this could eventually lead to tooth loss, and in severe cases, traditional dental implants may not suffice as replacements.

The warning signs of periodontal disease encompass an array of unpleasant symptoms. These may include gums that appear red, swollen, and tender, bleeding gums following brushing and flossing endeavors, a receding gum line, loose teeth, pus formation between the teeth, constant bad breath, and an unappealing taste in the mouth. Moreover, you might even experience changes in your bite.

Should you detect any of these troubling signs, it is imperative that you promptly schedule an appointment with your trusted dentist. Bear in mind that gum disease can be successfully treated, but seeking professional assistance at the earliest indication of trouble is crucial. This is especially vital for individuals considering dental implants or undergoing post-implant surgery recovery.

How To Avoid Gum Disease

Preventing gum disease is just one of the many benefits that comes with a good dental hygiene routine. Here are a few steps to take to improve your dental hygiene and avoid gum disease:

Brush And Floss Daily

Brushing and flossing your teeth twice daily is a cardinal rule for maintaining excellent oral hygiene. While brushing helps eliminate the plaque gathering on the surface of your teeth, flossing reaches those tricky spots between teeth where a toothbrush doesn’t. Always use fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristle toothbrush. Remember to replace your toothbrush every 3-4 months or sooner if the bristles are frayed.

Use Dentist-Approved Mouthwash

Regularly rinsing your mouth with a dentist-approved antiseptic or fluoride mouthwash can help wash away food debris and bacteria. This is especially beneficial for individuals undergoing implant surgery as they need to be on a strict oral hygiene regimen pre and post-surgery.

Visit Your Dentist On A Regular Basis

It is important to visit your dentist at least twice a year for regular check-ups and cleanings. Your trusted dentist can detect the early signs of gum disease and provide you with helpful advice on how to shore up your oral health.

Avoid Sugary Foods And Drinks

Limiting sugar consumption is one of the best strategies for keeping gum disease at bay. Bacteria feed on sugar and starches, so by reducing the intake of sugary foods and drinks, you can significantly reduce your risk of developing cavities and gum disease.

Quit Smoking

If you’re a smoker, take this opportunity to make a life-altering decision and kick the habit. Not only does smoking increase your risk of developing gum disease, but it can also be detrimental to the success of implant surgery.

North End Dental Is Here To Help

At North End Dental, we are committed to helping our patients achieve the best oral health possible, and that includes preventing and treating gum disease. If you’re experiencing any symptoms suggestive of gum disease, or if you’re interested in learning more about dental implants and their link to oral health, don’t hesitate to contact us. Our team of professionals is always ready to provide you with the care and information you need. Remember, a healthy mouth is the gateway to a healthy body. Prioritize your oral health today, and enjoy the benefits for a lifetime. Contact us today, and let’s embark on the journey toward optimal oral health together.

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