Occurring at least once in nearly everyone's life gum disease is one of the most common conditions seen and treated by dentists and oral medical professionals. In its initial stages, gum disease can feel like just minor soreness or tenderness in the gum line. However, if left untreated or steps are not taken to prevent the progression, the minor gum inflammation or gingivitis can quickly become full periodontitis.
Periodontitis is an infection of the mouth that with potentially causing harmful bacteria to enter the body, can damage the soft tissues, and destroy the bone structures that support your teeth. Despite the seriousness, periodontitis is largely preventable with simple steps in your oral hygiene routine.
- Brush twice a day. The most common direction from dentists to help maintain healthy teeth also help your gums but removing plaque and tartar between the gums and teeth. The bristles will help reduce the growth of bacteria that can cause gum disease.
- Floss twice a day. Second, to the guidance of brushing twice a day, dentists suggest adding flossing to your oral hygiene routine. Although soft brush bristles can remove plaque and tartar from many hard-to-reach places, the thin strings of floss can reach below the gum line.
- Quit smoking and maintain a healthy diet. Although the soft tissues of the gums are in the front lines of preventing oral issues from affecting the body, they are easily damaged by certain things like smoking and foods that are high in starches or sugars. Smoking can damage the mucous membranes of the gums, while the sugars and starch will provide the fuel needed for bacteria cells to grow.
- Reduce stress. Although not commonly thought of as a method to prevent oral health issues, stresses your body has may hurt your body's ability to fight off bacteria growth. As stress affects your overall immune response system, the more stress you are feeling the easier bacteria in your mouth will be able to fight your immune system and grow.
The best way to maintain the highest oral health is to see a dentist and have regular check-ups and cleanings. Dr. Evola and the team at Forestream Dental in Depew, NY will provide expert care and help you maintain the healthiest gums. Contact us at 716-656-8686, or visit www.forestreamdental.com for a consultation, today.