Feel the Need: The Need to Prevent Gum Disease
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?