Did you know that gum disease is the most common cause of tooth loss in adults? Gum disease can cause serious problems, but the good news is that it is preventable. If you’re hoping to keep gum disease at bay, here are 3 simple ways to protect your gums:
- Brush twice a day, every day: brushing is an effective means of removing harmful bacteria and food debris from your mouth. We strongly recommend brushing twice a day, every day, to prevent plaque formation. Plaque is a sticky white substance, which clings to the enamel and the gum line. Plaque develops when food particles and bacteria combine with saliva. It is the most common cause of decay and gum disease. When brushing, use a circular motion and make sure you reach right into the corners of your mouth. We suggest using a brush with a timer or brushing along to a song to make sure you hit the 2-minute target.
- Floss: brushing is crucial for good oral health, but it cannot target every part of the mouth. Flossing is important because it cleans areas that cannot be reached with a brush, such as the tiny spaces between the teeth. Flossing is very simple, and it only takes a minute. Don’t worry if your gums bleed a little when you floss for the first time. If bleeding persists, however, see your dentist, as bleeding gums can be a sign of gum disease.
- Book a dental check: if you haven’t been to the dentist yet this year, it’s time to pick up the phone and give us a call. Regular dental checks can reduce the risk of decay and gum disease by up to 60 percent. Routine appointments take a matter of minutes, they’re completely painless, and they could make all the difference to your oral health.
If you have any questions about gum disease, or you’re eager for more preventative tips, don’t hesitate to get in touch!