5 Ways to Fight Against Gum Disease
Gum disease can be scary to think about. It can involve inflammation, loss of teeth, and even destroyed tissue. Here’s how to keep your gums healthy to fight against it.
Don’t smoke or chew tobacco. You already knew that smoking and chewing tobacco was bad for you, but did you know that those who smoke less than half a pack of cigarettes a day are three times more likely than nonsmokers to have periodontal (gum) disease, according to the American Dental Association? That rate goes up to six times more likely for those who smoke more than a pack and a half a day. If you chew tobacco, you’re more at risk for cavities and tooth loss.
Get regular dental cleanings and checkups. This may seem like a no-brainer, but visiting the dentist a recommended two times annually can help in detecting the early signs of gum disease. Plus, regular cleanings keep plaque from building up in your mouth.
Use a dentist-recommended mouthwash. Swishing daily with mouthwash can get rid of plaque and food buildup. As an added bonus, it also freshens breath!
Schedule a yearly periodontal exam. The American Academy of Periodontology recommends that you see a periodontist (gum specialist) yearly for a comprehensive periodontal evaluation, or CPE. A periodontist will thoroughly examine your gums, bite, bone structure, and other areas, and will be able to assess your risk for periodontal disease.
When in doubt, see your dental professional. If you have persistent bad breath, notice redness or swelling of your gums, or receding gum tissue, schedule an appointment with your dental professional as soon as possible. It may be nothing to worry about, but when it comes to gum disease, it’s better to be safe than sorry!
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