Reducing Your Risk of Gum Disease


Teeth are really, really important. Super important. We have to look after them. Most of us only get one set of adult teeth, and once they're gone, they're gone. Replacing and repairing teeth can be time-consuming, expensive, and, occasionally, painful. 

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You can keep your teeth healthier for longer by practicing good dental hygiene and reducing your risk of gum disease, which is a leading cause of tooth loss. Here's how to prevent it from happening to you. Find out more at your local dentist in Marietta Georgia.

Plaque

Plaque is a sticky type of bacteria that forms on your teeth when you eat and drink. When we eat sugary or starchy foods, the plaque that forms produces acid, which attacks the tooth enamel. As plaque is sticky, these acids are held against the surface of the teeth. When left alone, these acids begin to destroy the tooth enamel. Removing the plaque by brushing and practicing dental hygiene is the only way to prevent this.

Gum disease

Gum disease starts when plaque hardens into tartar. Tartar traps plaque against the surface of the teeth, and releases toxins that cause gaps to form between the gum and the tooth. Teeth then fall out.

Preventing gum disease

Removing plaque and food residue from teeth is key to preventing gum disease. Going to the dentist regularly also helps, as your dentist will be able to spot any potential problems as they’re beginning and stop things from getting any worse. Gum disease, especially at the start, can be hard to spot and is usually painless. The first symptom is usually swollen or red gums that bleed when you brush. Bleeding gums can then lead a person to brush more gently, which only exacerbates the problem by leaving the teeth less clean than usual.

To get a good, deep clean, you need a toothbrush that reaches all parts of your mouth equally, even the back. Make sure the bristles aren't too soft, but not too hard either (children need softer, smaller brushes). If you have crooked teeth, or a physical disability that prevents you from cleaning your teeth, there are specialized toothbrushes that can help with that, too.

Electric toothbrushes, when used correctly, can be even more effective at removing plaque. They are especially useful for people who struggle to use a manual toothbrush for whatever reason.

You should brush morning and evening with a fluoride toothpaste. Fluoride helps to strengthen and protect teeth. If you have any pain or bleeding while brushing, see your dentist right away. Flossing once a day is even better.

Most people also stick with one toothbrush far too long. You should actually replace your toothbrush every two to three months. A worn-out toothbrush can't clean your teeth as effectively, and may even damage your gums when the bristles begin to splay out.

If you're still concerned about your gums, or need more advice about dental hygiene, consult your dentist. The sooner any potential problems are identified, the easier they will be fixed.

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