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      7 Ways to Stay Protected Against Gum Diseases

      Gums act as an anchor for our teeth. They protect our teeth from both shock and damage. However, it is important to know that your gums can suffer from certain diseases as well. Bacteria and decay can impact gums also and damage them.

      Gingivitis and periodontal disease progress slowly and silently. Sometimes, the patient is not even aware of the severity of the situation. Also, it is difficult to identify them right away as serious problems take place beneath the gum line, hidden from the eye. Even though gum disease is a common oral health concern, it can lead to tooth loss as well as bone deterioration. Moreover, research has found that advanced gum disease can lead to heart disease and diabetes.

      Here are 7 practical ways to prevent gum disease.

      You need to brush your gums.

      Brushing your teeth – we've all heard it since childhood. But did you know it should really be "brushing your gums and teeth"? Both your teeth and gum line need gentle cleaning to remove food particles and bacteria. Remember, a soft touch is key – harsh brushing can hurt your gums.

      The best way to brush is to gently wiggle your toothbrush in a circular motion rather than using the same-old hardback and forth motion. Gentle brushing is effective in cleaning both the gums and gum lines.

      You can also use an electric toothbrush as it mimics the brushing motion and is better for your teeth and gum protection.

      Eat nutritious food.

      Diet plays a crucial role in gum health as well. Sugary treats, pastries, soda, chips, fries, and white bread can all contribute to gum problems. These foods, along with refined carbohydrates found in white pasta and sugary cereals, break down into sugars that feed bacteria in your mouth. This bacterial growth not only produces plaque, but also acidic byproducts that erode tooth enamel and can irritate gums, potentially leading to gum disease and cavities.

      Calcium-rich foods like cheese and leafy greens, along with fruits high in vitamin C, can help strengthen teeth and support gum health. Don't forget to stay hydrated with water to keep your mouth clean and bacteria at bay.

      Floss your teeth gently.

      When you floss your teeth, it removes any of the food particles that might be stuck between the teeth and at the gum line. Failing to do so can damage both gums and teeth. When you floss your teeth, see that you reach the space between each tooth as well as the gums. Curve the floss into a C shape for gently flossing the small pocket above the tooth as well. Your gums might bleed if you have not flossed for a while. In that case, move your floss slowly and gently.

      Use alcohol-free mouthwash

      Mouthwashes do not only freshen up your breath but also fight bacteria to prevent gum diseases. They contain antimicrobial agents and fluoride that discourage tartar and plague. Using an antiseptic or antimicrobial mouthwash can kill 99% of the bacteria present in the mouth for 12 hours. It also reduces the level of plaque on teeth that prevents bacteria from damaging your gums or teeth. Ask your dentist for the right mouthwas for you.

      Avoid smoking and chewing tobacco.

      Tobacco use, including smoking cigarettes and chewing tobacco, is a significant risk factor for gum disease. Research suggests that tobacco weakens the immune system's ability to fight off infections, including those that contribute to gum disease. Studies have shown a strong correlation between frequency of smoking and the likelihood of developing gum disease. If you currently use tobacco, consider seeking smoking cessation resources or programs to help you quit.

      Schedule regular cleanings and checkups.

      Regular dental cleanings and checkups are crucial for maintaining good oral health and preventing gum disease. During a professional cleaning, your dentist will remove plaque and tartar buildup from your teeth, which can harbor harmful bacteria that contribute to gum disease. Your dentist will also perform a comprehensive examination to identify any potential problems early on, allowing for prompt treatment.

      Look out for signs of gum disease.

      Gum disease can lead to serious infections. When your gums become infected, it is called gingivitis. If the infection worsens and spreads to the bone, it becomes periodontitis. Gum disease develops when bacteria attack your teeth and gums, leaving behind plaque. If plaque remains on your teeth, it can cause your gums to become inflamed and swollen.

      Here are some of the signs of gum disease that you need to watch out for:

      If you notice any of these signs, don’t delay. It is time to set an appointment with one of our experienced dentists at SameDay Dental Clinic. Treatments are available for gum disease, and early intervention is key for optimal gum health.

      Dr. Petros Yuvanoglu
      DMD summa cum laude
      Cert. Prosthodontics (Tufts, USA)
      Adjunct Faculty, Tufts University School of Dental Medicine