Periodontal disease, an inflammation of the soft tissue surrounding the teeth, is caused by a buildup of bacteria. This condition affects many Americans and it can be linked to other health problems including those that affect the heart. Maintaining periodontal health is important for patients to maintain overall wellness. In the following article, we discuss ways patients can prevent periodontal disease and keep their teeth and gums healthy.
Periodontal disease is preventable by taking a few important steps.
- Regular and proper tooth brushing. We all know that we are supposed to brush our teeth twice daily. What we find, though, is that many people don’t brush often enough or don’t brush effectively. In order to clean the teeth thoroughly, it is important to use a soft-bristled brush for at least two minutes twice each day. Place the brush at a 45-degree angle to the gum line, and use a circular motion to cover all surfaces of the teeth and don’t forget the tongue. The tongue can also harbor plaque and contribute to bad breath. Make sure to use an antibacterial mouthwash after brushing.
We recommend that all of our patients try brushing after every meal. This can help eliminate food particles, which can feed the bacteria.
- Floss every day. Tooth brushing alone cannot remove all of the debris from the teeth. Flossing helps get in between the teeth to remove food particles and plaque that are hard to reach.
- Don’t skip your dentist appointment. So many patients think that once a year (or less) is okay in regards to dental visits. The truth is 6-month cleanings are a vital part of periodontal health. Professional cleanings utilize equipment that can remove plaque that brushing alone does not. It also gives the dentist the opportunity to identify any problem areas early before they cause irreversible damage.
- Eat a well-balanced diet. The food you eat also plays a role in periodontal health. Try to avoid sugary foods and drink as they can help bacteria thrive. Increasing water intake can also help rinse the teeth and increase saliva production, which helps cut down on bacteria.
For more information on how Pure Gold Professionals in Dentistry in Redlands, CA works to be your partner in periodontal health, call us today.