Periodontitis, or gum disease, occurs when there is an infection in your gums, usually caused by poor dental hygiene. If you’re gums aren’t healthy, you risk damaging your teeth and could even suffer tooth loss, eventually. Protecting your teeth and gums from bacteria build up (plaque) will help to prevent gingivitis – the first step in gum disease. How can you protect your teeth? It’s simple; practice good dental hygiene – brushing and flossing thoroughly. How can you prevent gum disease? By making sure your gums and teeth are clean and bacteria-free!
What Are Signs Of Gum Disease?
Bleeding gums are usually the first sign to gingivitis. If you notice blood on your toothbrush or floss, you should call your dentist. Other symptoms are: receding gums, loose teeth, inflamed gums, or bad breath.
Gum Disease Prevention:
As previously stated, the way you brush and floss your teeth with directly affect their health. To brush correctly, you want to brush for at least 2 minutes (preferably longer) and direct your focus on your gums. Brush in circles, covering the entire tooth, and slow down. Contrary to popular belief, toothpaste is irrelevant when it comes to brushing your teeth. Your brush, not your toothpaste, is what removes the bacteria from your teeth.
When you floss, you want to make sure that you are removing all of the plaque from in between your teeth. If this means you need to floss between the same teeth several times – then floss several times. Just like with brushing, there is no rush and the slower you go, the more likely you are to have a clean and healthy mouth!