How to avoid gum disease

Did you know that gum disease can lead to tooth loss? Did you know that gum disease could lead to heart disease and/or dementia?

Good oral hygiene is the cornerstone to healthy gums. Most people tend to overlook their gums when it comes to oral health, and focus on getting a bright, white smile instead. Fortunately, it’s not too late! You can take many steps to prevent and even reverse gum disease. These can include:

  • Brushing teeth properly
  • Cleaning between the teeth efficiently
  • Having regular dental check-ups
  • Understanding that plaque, is really just bacteria

In this article, we explore a few of these in further detail.

#1 Brush at least twice a day

Using fluoride toothpaste, an individual should look to brush their teeth at least twice a day. Furthermore, we should be replacing our toothbrush every 3-4 months, and brushing our teeth at a 45 degree angle. Brushing teeth ensures debris is cleared, and that you are cleaning plaque build-up which when left in our oral cavity, can cause gum disease.

#2 Cleaning between the teeth

This has to happen efficiently, at least once a day. We will help you understand the most efficient way to do so and the best technique for you. Does this always mean flossing? No, there are various ways to clean between the teeth – a toothbrush alone, is not able to get between your teeth.

#3 Have regular dental check-ups

Dental check-ups can ensure early detection of potential problems, which can help prevent more severe problems, from occurring down the road. Professional cleaning of your teeth is paramount, and often is done at the same time as your check-up. It can also help eliminate the plaque that a person may have missed when brushing their teeth. We also explore why you should have a regular dental check-up routine here.

#4 Cut back on some bad habits

Apart from being bad for your lungs and your heart, smoking can cause severe damage to your oral health, and places you at higher risk for gum disease. You can ask your Perth dentist how to best mitigate the effects of smoking, however quitting is always the best solution.

Explore our general dentistry services in Perth and be sure to book in for your consultation today! By having a regular dental routine, you can prevent or minimise your risk of having gum disease. Get in touch.

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