Gum Disease, Prevention Begins At Home

If you are consistent with your oral health, you will see those gums healing fast if is detected at an early stage. A good hygiene routine is needed, make sure your children do too. Believe me, deep cleanings are expensive and if you do not have insurance to cover a good portion of it, you will not be very happy.

Brush at least 2 minutes twice daily 

You can use a stopwatch to be close to brushing the right long. Take special care along the gum line, be gentle. A soft brush is best for removing plaque and debris from your teeth. Small-headed brushes can be better reaching all areas of the mouth. Sometimes a soft electronic toothbrush with a built-in timer is a good option.

Floss, floss, floss

Floss removes food and bacteria that brushing can’t, preventing the formation of plaque and related issues. You can use interdental cleaner or water pic but flossing is better.  For kids with braces, use orthodontic flossers to make it simple for them. For bridges, implants, or wide spaces between teeth, is better to use interdental brushes (toothpick-like with tiny bristles at one end).

Use a mouthwash

In combination with brushing and flossing helps to reduce plaque buildup, thereby preventing gum irritation. It should never be used as a substitute for tooth brushing. If you can´t stand alcohol or fluoride-containing mouth washes, try saltwater rinses made at home.

Don’t smoke

People who smoke up to a half pack of cigarettes per day are almost three times as likely as nonsmokers to have gum disease.

Eat a healthy diet

A diet rich in vegetables, fruits, legumes, nuts and fatty fish not only provides all essential nutrients, but helps suppress inflammation. Avoid starchy and sugary food, it helps a lot.

Professional Prevention Plays a Part

Dental visits are also critical to gum disease prevention:

Professional Cleanings

Only dentists have the tools necessary to remove plaque from your teeth, is important to get professional cleanings every 6 months. If you suffer from gum disease, try to visit your dentist more frequently, every 3-4 months for cleanings.

Common Dental Problem Correction

Improper fillings, grinding, and other common dental issues can increase the risk of gum disease. Proactively correcting problems like these will decrease the risk.

Don’t let you or your family suffer from gum disease. Understand, recognize, and prevent gum disease, can help you to enjoy a healthy smile, gums included:)

Martha ‘Chechi’  Restrepo
Office Manager – South Miami Family Dental