Tips to Prevent Gum Disease from Dr. Krishnan
Gingivitis is a common problem that can lead to gum disease and tooth loss if not taken seriously and treated in its early stages. Many people are not aware that they have gingivitis because it can be mild in appearance and rarely painful. Symptoms include puffy, red, irritated, receding and swollen gums, which easily bleed upon contact.
The most common cause of gingivitis is poor oral hygiene. If your oral care is lacking, plaque builds up and hardens under the gum line to produce tartar, harming your gums and making future cleanings even harder. Other factors such as tobacco, diabetes, dry mouth, hormonal changes, and poor nutrition can increase your risk. To recover from or prevent gingivitis, try the following steps:
- Go see a professional. Set up an appointment with your dentist, have an evaluation and cleaning, and get all of your questions answered so you can be prepared to take care of your oral health at home.
- Brush your teeth effectively using a soft toothbrush (replace every 3 months). Brush at least twice a day, once in the morning and once at night. If possible, brush after every meal and snack.
- Floss daily. Though it may not be fun to have your gums bleed every time you try, flossing, is one of the best ways to get rid of plaque.
- Use antiseptic mouthwash. Ask your dentist for recommendations and be sure to use it daily. Rinse with it for 30 seconds after you brush and floss. Don’t rinse with water or drink anything for another 30 minutes for a more lasting effect.
- Establish a routine. Your daily dental cleaning (brushing, flossing, and rinsing with mouthwash) should take 3-5 minutes. Also make an effort to schedule regular check ups with your dentist (every 6 months to 1 year).
Prabha Krishnan, DDS, PC is a gum disease treatment specialist with an office in, Forest Hills, NY.
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