Gum disease is an infection that is caused from a buildup of bacteria, known as plaque or tartar. While plaque can usually be kept to a minimum when you practice excellent oral hygiene, tartar can be especially tough and requires your dentist to be able to really clean it all off. The best way to avoid gum disease altogether is by practicing preventive dentistry. Not only does this include brushing your teeth, but flossing, visiting your dentist, and maintaining a healthy diet. All of these combined can guarantee that you’ll prevent any infection from affecting your oral health!
Properly Brushing And Flossing
Ensuring that your teeth are cleaned each morning and evening is critical to your oral health. The best way to brush your teeth is by using a soft-bristle toothbrush, covering every surface of your teeth, and for two minutes each time. If you’ve never timed yourself while brushing your teeth before, give it a try! You may be surprised at how long you’re actually standing at your sink.
Bacteria between your teeth can easily access your gum tissue so it’s important to clean between them each day. Flossing doesn’t usually take too long – a minute or two at most – and should be done at least once per day. When you floss, gently wiggle the floss between every tooth (including behind your last set of molars) to keep from “snapping” it and hurting your gums.
Visiting Your Dentist
Usually it’s recommended that you visit your dentist every six months. However, depending on the individual, your dentist may want to see you more regularly than that. For example, if you’re more prone to bacteria, your dentist may recommend that your teeth be professionally checked and cleaned every 3-4 months instead to keep the bacteria from causing an infection and spreading.
Maintaining A Healthy Diet
Everyone knows that your diet can drastically affect your overall health, but what many don’t realize is how important it is for your oral health too. A diet full of vitamins and nutrients is optimal to ensure the best health. Typically, this consists of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and healthy fats (such as avocado). It’s best to avoid foods that are rich in sugar, acid, or are “sticky” when you eat them.