Gum Disease Prevention
Gum disease is the process during which built up bacteria begins to
eat away at your teeth and gums, eventually leading to tooth decay and bone loss if
left untreated. Preventing gum disease is as simple as practicing healthy dental
Healthy dental habits include:
- Brushing your teeth at least twice a day. In the morning and before bedtime. Be
sure to brush along all sides of your teeth, and along the surface of your
tongue to remove bacteria that is a bad breath culprit. Remember, a soft
toothbrush is most effective for a gentle but thorough cleaning.
fluoride toothpaste or an antiseptic mouthwash like Listerine.
- Floss at
least once a day to remove build up in tight spaces between teeth. Wrap the
floss between your fingers and curve the string floss around each tooth. Gently
slide it up and down the surface of each tooth and under the gum line to scrape
off any plaque.
- Avoid foods high in sugar such as candy, or sweetened
drinks. These types of foods can lead to plaque and tartar buildup, promoting
- Visit your dentist regularly to have your teeth cleaned and
Bleeding gums may be a sign of gum disease and should be mentioned
to your dentist during any examination. The practice of good dental habits is
essential in preventing gum disease and supporting the long-term health of your
teeth. If you live in or around North Bethesda and have a questions about gum treatment
please give us a call today!
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