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How to Prevent Gum Disease

Nov 03, 2023
Are you neglecting your dental appointments? Do your gums feel sensitive or painful? Don’t jeopardize your oral health: Disregarding pain and sensitivity could lead to significant complications. Keep reading to discover more.

How often do you consider the state of your gums? For most Americans, it's not a frequent thought. Yet, nearly half of American adults suffer from gum disease, and around 80% will face this issue sometime in their lives. While gum disease itself isn't deadly, it can trigger complications, such as heart disease, that endanger your overall health.

The initial stage of gum disease, gingivitis

The initial stage of gum disease, gingivitis, manifests as swollen, painful gums. If left untreated, gingivitis can progress into periodontal disease, where the infection can spread to teeth and bone. The good news is, gum disease is preventable.

At Tropical Dental Care, we are dedicated to ensuring the health of your teeth and gums. We have extensive experience in combating gum disease. If you already have gum disease, our treatments can guide you back to health. However, our goal is to help you avoid it altogether. In this blog, we share effective strategies to prevent gum disease.

Quit smoking

We understand that quitting smoking is challenging, especially given its common association with stress relief. However, the nicotine in cigarettes weakens your immune system, making it harder for your body to fight infections, including those affecting your gums. Smoking also prolongs healing time. Seek guidance from your primary care physician to quit smoking.

Brush and floss daily

Regular brushing significantly reduces your risk of gum disease, tooth decay, and weakened enamel. Gum disease can weaken or loosen your teeth, which are vital for your well-being. Flossing, often overlooked, is equally important. It removes tiny food particles between your teeth that brushing or mouthwash can't reach. Ignored, these particles turn into plaque, a leading cause of gum disease.

Adopt a healthy diet

Nutritious foods like leafy greens, raw apples, green tea, and certain dairy products benefit both your body and teeth. Limit your sugar intake, as it can lead to cavities, especially with poor oral hygiene. Choosing tooth-friendly foods is crucial. If you're uncertain about the best dietary choices for your dental health, we can provide guidance.

Schedule regular cleanings

Even with regular brushing and flossing, some areas remain challenging to clean thoroughly. In addition to the steps above, ensure you have routine checkups and cleanings. Depending on your oral health, we'll advise how frequently you should visit: Generally, it's twice a year.

To schedule a cleaning or seek treatment for gum disease concerns, book an appointment online or call Tropical Dental Care today. Your oral health is our priority.