Inadequate dental practices result in poor oral health. It allows bacteria to reproduce in the mouth and tooth surfaces that are not thoroughly cleaned by brushing and flossing alone. When plaque, bacteria, and calculus accumulate in the gum line, it will lead to gum or periodontal disease. If left untreated, these strips of plaque and developed tartar will spread causing an inflammation of the gums. We at Legacy Dental provides treatment for gum diseases to prevent bacterial growth in the mouth which will cause tooth damage and gum disease.
Tips to Prevent Gum Disease and Tooth Decay
- Chew a piece of gum. Saliva is the mouth’s natural cleanser and helps in cleaning the mouth against bacteria. Chewing a sugar-free candy or gum keeps the saliva flow going in the mouth. A sugar-free gum containing xylitol help keeps a neutral pH level in the mouth for xylitol is a natural sweetener taken from plants and breaks down like sugar.
- Brush twice a day. Brushing the teeth for two minutes every day will keep its top form. It washes off the leftover food particles and bacteria which cause tooth decay and cavities. It is suggested to use a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoridated toothpaste for a maximum effect.
- Refrain to over brush the teeth. Excessive brushing of the teeth can cause the enamel layer of the teeth to wear down. The enamel protects the nerve endings and the dentin of the teeth; if the dentin is exposed, the person will experience pain and sensitivity.
- Floss regularly. Plaque forms around the gum line area and to the tooth’s deep grooves and fissures. With flossing, these hard to reach areas are cleaned; therefore flossing is a necessary step to achieve a cleaner, healthier mouth and in preventing gum diseases.
- Use antimicrobial mouth rinse. More saliva means better oral health and using an alcohol-free mouthwash prevents the mouth from drying up and lessens the possibility of getting tooth decay. Good saliva flow contributes to better gum health as well for it cleans away bacteria, plaque, and food debris.
- Pay attention not just to the mouth but to the gums as well. Gingivitis and periodontitis are silent offenders of the gums. Some people may not even know that they already have gum disease. Do not neglect the pain or toothaches, immediately visit a dentist.
Gum disease can be signified and identified by inflamed gum, redness, and easily bleeding gums even with regular brushing.
Maintaining overall dental health does not only mean taking good care of the teeth alone; it means taking care of the teeth, the gums, and the surrounding oral structures in the mouth. The worst thing to happen when gum disease, if not treated, will lead to tooth loss. Prevent it from happening by visiting a dentist regularly and practicing the tips mentioned above to attain the ideal oral health.
If you experience early signs of periodontal disease, like your sudden bleeding of gums, bad breath, loss teeth or separate teeth, contact our office at Legacy Dental for Treatments of Gum Disease in Albuquerque, NM.