Gum disease is one of the leading causes of tooth loss and other dental problems in adults. It is caused by the accumulation of bacteria, food, and other particles in the mouth that create plaque, and eventually tarter build-up that will begin to effect the health of your gums. If you suspect that you may be suffering from gum disease, please read our helpful tips below to help reverse the process:
1- Stop the Bad Habits!
It is incredibly difficult for your mouth to be at its healthiest when it is already struggling because of bad or unhealthy habits. The biggest bad habit to quit would be the use of tobacco; tobacco products create a breeding ground for disease in your body, as well as in your mouth. So, if you needed yet another reason to quit smoking and using tobacco products, then here it is. Do it to help reverse gum disease.
2- Brush, Brush… Brush!
This might be one of the easiest things to do to reverse gum disease: brushing your teeth twice a day, and taking the time to do the job the right way! Often people don’t take the time to really brush as they should. They are rushed, tired, or just not paying attention as well as they should. When preparing to brush your teeth, wet your brush and apply toothpaste. Hold your brush at a 45 degree angle, and rotate it in a circular motion. Make sure you adequately cover every angle of your teeth. It should only take you 2 minutes to get the job done right!
Flossing is incredibly important to agitate the spaces between your teeth and gum line in order to dislodge bacteria, and prevent gum disease from taking hold. Try and floss your teeth a minimum of once a day to keep bacteria from forming. In addition to flossing, you may also want to consider a water pic to clean between your teeth. After you’ve finished flossing, it’s a great time to use a mouth wash to gather and spit out anything that was dislodged while flossing, and to kill any remaining germs.
4- Use the Right Products
When it comes to selecting what is best to keep your mouth healthy, you need to be sure you’re using a good quality toothbrush, toothpaste and mouthwash. For brush selection, consider a one that is either electric or battery operated to help clean and polish your teeth. A manual tooth brush might not be able to get the job done as well as needed. With either type of brush, make sure that it is a soft bristle with a head that isn’t too large to fit all throughout your mouth. For toothpaste, floss and mouth wash, look for products that cater to tarter build up.
5- Regular Visits to the Dentist
You should be seeing your dentist twice a year for routine cleanings and examinations. But if you have gum disease, and would like to see it improve and go away entirely, consider going to the dentist more frequently for visits. Under the proper guidance of your dentist, you can have a clear idea of how bad the gum disease is, and closely monitor how well it is improving.