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How to Prevent Gum Disease

Posted on 3/6/2023 by Todd Jorgenson
How to Prevent Gum DiseasePlaque accumulation on teeth and below the gum line is the leading cause of gum disease. Plaque is a bacterial-filled sticky layer. Plaque removal efforts by the immune system involve an inflammatory reaction. As a result, the gum tissue surrounding the tooth will become red and swollen. Gum disease falls under two types: gingivitis and periodontitis.

Gingivitis is the initial stage of gum disease that affects the gum surfaces. It is characterized by bleeding gums when flossing or brushing and gum swelling or becoming red. On the other hand, periodontitis is the next stage of gum disease that occurs after failure to treat gingivitis. It creates periodontal pockets that widen over time, leading to tooth and bone loss. Here are some of the ways you can prevent gum disease:

Brushing Your Teeth


Routine teeth brushing can avoid gum disease as it helps eliminate plaque that develops it. You should brush your teeth and the gum line two times a day, in the morning and at night. Ensure you use fluoride-containing toothpaste and a toothbrush with a tiny head and soft bristles from one and a half years old.

To clean in between teeth, use dental floss, interdental brushes, or any tool that a dental professional may prescribe. Make sure you clean your dentures on a daily basis. Dentures increase your chances of developing gum disease surrounding your natural teeth by quickly accumulating plaque.

Stop Smoking


Tobacco products have been associated with causing gum diseases and teeth staining. It is, therefore, advisable to quit smoking to avoid gum illness. Stop taking sugary foods and drinks, particularly between meals. Besides, ensure you take enough water, especially fluoridated water, if you can. For patients who have diabetes, it is recommended that you try to keep your blood sugar levels well-controlled to avoid the danger of gum disease.



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