How to prevent gum disease?

How can you keep your gums healthy?

Gum disease affects thousands of people every year. The problem can be caused by poor dental hygiene, poor diet, or a combination of both. Gum disease must be treated early as it can lead to serious dental surgeries, tooth loss and in some cases bone infection.

However, gum disease can be easily avoided, providing you follow certain steps and properly care for your teeth. Firstly, you should make sure you have a rigorous and organised dental routine at home. This means brushing your teeth at least twice a day (once in the morning and once before bed) as well as cleaning between teeth daily. Fluoridated toothpaste is a great choice for brushing your teeth and once you have finished brushing for two to three minutes, do not rinse. The remaining fluoride in your mouth will continue to strengthen your teeth and combat plaqueA soft sticky substance that accumulates on teeth composed largely of bacteria and bacterial derivatives. and bacteria.

You may also want to consider changing your diet. Consuming a high amount of sugar through food or drinks can lead to gum disease whilst smoking is also a prime culprit in causing issues. Combining a good diet with regular brushing and flossing will ensure healthy gums. 

Finally, you need to visit your dentist regularly. Gum disease thrives with patients who do not visit the dentist, as the problem can be treated with better brushing and flossing if caught early. However, if the issue is allowed to grow unchecked, then you could be faced with a more serious surgery and a larger bill.

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