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Feel the Need: The Need to Prevent Gum Disease

By Jill Feilmeier on September 9, 2014 in Dental Health

Work your way to top gums.

If you don't already feel the need to prevent gum disease, we're here to tell you why you should.

Gum disease can take 2 forms – gingivitis and a more advanced form, periodontitis. Both diseases come with a myriad of nasty symptoms including receding gums, gum pain and teeth sensitivity. Interested in a toothless smile? Negative, Ghost Rider. If left untreated, gum disease can cause teeth to fall out!

Here's something to smile about – gum disease is preventable, so it's important you take care of your mouth from this point forward.

Jump in the pilot's seat and work your way to top gums by:

  • Brushing and Flossing Daily: Brush with fluoride toothpaste at least 2 times a day. Flossing is the wingman to brushing – make sure to floss at least once a day.
  • Getting Regular Checkups: Regular dental checkups are especially important in preventing gum disease. With bi-yearly checkups, the condition of your gum tissue can be compared over time.  Additionally, professional cleanings are the only way to remove tartar, a buildup of bacteria along the gum line.
  • Saying No to Cigarettes and Tobacco: Using cigarettes and/or other tobacco products automatically put you in the danger zone. Tobacco is one of the most significant risk factors for gum disease.
  • Maintaining a Healthy Diet: Poor nutrition can worsen your gum's condition. Obesity is a proven risk factor for developing gum disease. Make your mouth and body happy by eating like a maverick. Load up on nutritious, low-sugar foods, limit snacking and drink plenty of water.

Now that you've learned the facts, do you feel the need to prevent gum disease?