How can I prevent gum disease?
Be a hero to your gums by taking these steps to zap plaque and control periodontal disease.
Visit your dental professional at least once but ideally twice a year unless they recommend a more frequent recall. With regular check-ups and cleanings, your dental professional can spot early gum disease – even if you don’t experience symptoms. They can then treat your gum disease and potentially stop it from advancing.
Make your home oral health care routine non-negotiable. Even if you’re rushed in the morning or bone-tired at night, find a couple of minutes twice a day to follow these essential oral hygiene steps:
- With fluoride toothpaste and a soft toothbrush, brush your teeth properly at least once in the morning and once before bedtime.
- Floss once a day (at night is good so your teeth are as clean as possible before bed). Also called interdental cleaning, flossing removes the plaque brushing doesn’t get to.
- Rinse with an antibacterial mouthwash daily.
- Replace your toothbrush at least every three months to keep the bristles at their most effective.
Keep healthy in mind and body. Your oral health can affect your overall health – and vice versa. Since certain risk factors might increase your chance of developing gum disease, take the following steps to stay healthy all over:
- Eat a balanced diet and keep plaque-loving sugar to a minimum. This will also lower your risk of diabetes, another gum disease risk factor.
- Give up smoking and other tobacco products, including chewing tobacco.
- Ask your doctor for advice on switching from medications that cause dry mouth to ones that don’t.
- Reduce your stress using meditation, yoga, exercise, gratitude journaling, and other lifestyle changes. Decreasing your stress is a good thing even if your gums are in perfect condition.
By taking preventative action now, your gums should have a long, happy, healthy life.