Gum disease is an infection that affects the tissues and bone that support the teeth. If left untreated gingivitis can progress to advanced periodontitis. With time, as the plaque and tartar build up along the gumline, the soft tissues that support the tooth begin to break down. As the disease progresses, the bacteria will attack and may destroy the bone support and the teeth may become loose and need to be removed.
Professional dental cleanings on a regular basis are important to prevent gum disease. But how you care for your teeth at home is equally as important. We have some tips to below to help prevent gum disease and gingivitis.
- Brush your teeth at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste.
- Use mouthwash after brushing
- Floss to daily remove plaque between the teeth you’re your toothbrush can’t reach.
- Eat a healthy diet and limit snacks.
We recommend a sonic toothbrush to help remove plaque and stimulate blood circulation to the gum tissues. Preventing gum disease is the number one way to keep your teeth for a lifetime.
If you would like more information on how to prevent gum disease and gingivitis, please visit the American Academy of Periodontology.
If you would like your gums and teeth inspected, please visit our office in Sidney, Ohio!