Stop Gum Disease With These Three Steps
Did you know that almost two thirds of adults will end up with some degree of gum disease in their lives? That's a lot of people, and it puts the odds definitely against you when it comes to staying healthy. The first question you might ask is how the number is that high the answer might surprise you, and also be a bit encouraging.
At The Waterford Dentist we treat gum disease in all its various stages, but nothing comes close to being as effective as simple preventive care. Lowering your risks of gum disease and keeping your teeth healthy can be surprisingly easy, as long as you follow three basic rules.
What Is Gum Disease?
Before we get into those three rules we want to talk about what gum disease actually is. You've probably felt that sticky film that builds up on your teeth over the course of a day that's plaque. It's made up of hundreds of strains of oral bacteria, many of which can do serious harm to your mouth.
When that bacteria works its way below your gumline, which it tries to do, it has a safe haven from your brushing and flossing. Once there it spreads fast, and before long it's causing infections that you might not even be able to see!
Your body fights infections through inflammation, which is why gum disease shows up in the beginning as puffy, red gums that bleed easily. Left untreated it will just get worse, and eventually you could be watching your teeth loosen and fall out one after another.
The Three Steps To Fighting Gum Disease
Sounds horrible, doesn't it? Most of that 65 percent don't end up losing teeth, but if you want to be sure you don't end up with dentures you need to follow these steps.
#1: Develop A Good Brushing Habit
Do you know how many people brush their teeth twice a day? Only about 50 percent! Twice daily brushing is essential to removing plaque that builds up on your teeth and causes decay. If you don't brush in the morning and before bed you're giving plaque bacteria a lot of time to get under the gumline and start its destructive cycle.
Keep your teeth safe with this sequence:
- Brush twice daily for at least two minutes each time.
- Use a soft bristled brush hard bristles can damage teeth and gums.
- Don't brush too hard it can hurt gums and also be less effective.
- Hold your brush at a 45 degree angle to your gums.
- Use small, tooth wide strokes.
- Make sure to brush the front, back, and tops of all your teeth.
#2: Floss Daily
It's true: not many people like to floss, and the amount of people that do it regularly are about the same as those who brush their teeth twice a day. It's essential that you get in the habit of daily flossing because of how much healthier your teeth and gums will be.
Proper flossing technique is easy once you get it down:
- Use an 18 inch piece of floss.
- Wind it around your middle fingers, leaving most of it on one hand.
- Leave only a few inches between hands to give you good control over the floss.
- Use a back and forth sawlike motion to get the floss between your teeth.
- Start at the gumline, go below, and work your way up both sides of the teeth.
- Wind the floss from one hand to the other to get a fresh piece.
#3: Make Regular Dental Appointments At The Waterford Dentist
Last but not least, it's essential that we're seeing you for twice annual cleanings and exams. Even the best possible brushing and flossing won't be enough to completely fight off gum disease, but with the addition of professional cleanings and exams we can prevent it from ever progressing.
Professional care removes plaque from impossible to reach places along with giving us a chance to diagnose any problems well before you may notice them yourself. And we can do all of that in just two visits a year that's nothing!
Don't Wait: Great Dental Care Starts Now
Keeping on top of your oral health doesn't have to be hard. If you're proactive about staying healthy you'll save time, money, and discomfort later on. Keep your mouth healthy by calling The Waterford Dentist today at (248) 257-5394! You can also request an appointment by filling out our online form.
We look forward to seeing you soon!