How To Prevent Gum Disease

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Learn how to prevent gum disease!

You might not think your dental health is important until you notice your gums bleeding every time you brush.  Gum disease is common oral health condition that affects around 47 percent of adults above the age of 30, according to the Center of Disease Control and Prevention.  Gum disease is the result of plaque and tartar build-up on the teeth and gums. Swollen and tender gums are common symptoms of gum disease.  If gum disease is not treated, it can result in tooth loss.  Luckily, there are few simple tips you can follow to prevent developing gum disease.

Brush and Floss

One of the simplest ways to prevent gum disease, and to maintain exceptional oral health, is to brush and floss at least twice a day.  Brushing your teeth at least twice a day prevents plaque from building up and sticking to your teeth and gums. It is important that you look into using an electric toothbrush which is more effective at plaque and bacteria removal than a manual toothbrush.  Do not forget to floss in between your teeth especially after you eat, so that you can get all of the food residue and plaque near the gum line.

Do Not Forget The Tongue

When it comes to preventing gum disease, it is important to clean your tongue every time you brush.  Bacteria and plaque tend to form and build-up on your tongue, so make sure you are cleaning that area twice a day.  It is wise to invest in tongue scraper for effective results, or you can just use the back of a toothbrush.

Dentist Visits

One of the most important aspects of gum disease prevention is seeing your dentist for regular check-ups and cleaning.  If you notice any signs of gum disease, even if they not severe, you should see a dentist as soon as possible. Your dentist is a great resource on how to treat and effectively prevent gum disease.  You want to see your dentist every six months if possible.

Oral Care from Catonsville Dental Care

Whether you want to whiten your teeth, straighten your teeth or have a wisdom tooth extracted Catonsville Dental Care offers a wide variety of services when it comes to oral health. We have the experience and understanding to diagnose and treat any problem you have as quickly and painlessly as possible. With four dentists available at our office and commitment to comfort, safety and relaxation you can’t find a better provider for your health. We look forward to helping you keep your smile perfect all year long and talking with you about your needs. To schedule an appointment or consultation, visit us online or give us a call at 410-747-1115. For more tips and tricks follow us on Facebook, Flickr, Twitter, Google+ and YouTube.