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Gum Disease: How to Prevent It

08 Aug 2014  |  No Comments

Gum disease is not a thing to be underestimated. It may only occur in your mouth but its effects, especially in serious cases, can have a negative impact on your overall health. It is known to be a major cause of tooth loss, and often attacks “silently” as its symptoms are easily overlooked by many.
It’s a real pain to suffer from something which could have been prevented in the first place. At Marsfield Dental Care, we treat your pearly whites like jewels that should stay with you throughout your lifetime. We offer a wide range of dental services to help you achieve optimum dental health—from dental cleaning and teeth whitening in Sydney, to orthodontics and implants. We provide preventative dentistry services as we believe that prevention is key to excellent dental and oral health.
So before you lose a tooth to gum disease, keep it from happening. Save yourself the suffering with these preventative measures:

Proper dental hygiene
There are a number of factors that cause gingival disease, but poor dental hygiene is the most common. Bacteria, saliva and tiny food particles can form a sticky build-up on your teeth known as plaque. If left to linger for over 24 hours because you failed to brush your teeth, plaque will cause tartar to start forming. Tartar can’t be removed through basic brushing and flossing. It can develop along the gum line, leading to the first stage of gum disease which is gingivitis. If left untreated, it can result to serious periodontal disease.

•    Quality brushing
Brushing effectively removes plaque that has accumulated on your teeth. It takes at least two minutes for you to be able to brush your teeth using the right techniques. Use gentle and short strokes and make sure to pay closer attention to gum lines, the back portion of your mouth, and areas around crowns and fillings. Thoroughly clean the outer surface of the teeth, then proceed to the inner side. Lightly brush your tongue to remove more existing bacteria. A soft-bristled toothbrush is recommended to prevent gum trauma. Also avoid brushing too hard or too often as doing so can irritate the gums.
•    Flossing
Regular flossing can go a long way to maintaining healthy gums and teeth and preventing future dental problems. Even if you brush regularly, there are areas in between teeth that bristles just can’t reach. That’s why flossing is recommended at least once a day to remove hard-to-reach plaque. Gently guide the floss between adjacent teeth using a sawing motion. Carefully floss the gum line to avoid snapping the floss against the gums.

•    Using an antibacterial mouthwash
Where brushing is possible, you can rinse your mouth with an antiseptic mouthwash after eating to dislodge food particles and lessen existing bacteria in your mouth. Though it can’t substitute regular brushing and flossing, rinsing with a mouthwash effectively kills bacteria all over your mouth and helps cut down cavities and plaque.

Regular visits to your dentist
It is recommended to have dental check-ups at least twice a year or once every six months. Based on your overall oral health, your dentist will suggest how often you should be visiting his clinic. Making time for dental check-ups will help you address possible dental issues early and prevent any problems from getting worse. For instance, many of our clients here at Marsfield Dental Care have undergone our tooth extraction in Sydney for painful and impacted wisdom teeth. When wisdom teeth decay, adjacent molars can be affected and the extraction procedure becomes more difficult. With early intervention, wisdom teeth problems are better addressed and complications are lessened.
It is also advisable to have professional dental cleaning at least twice a year. Dental cleaning is important because even though you have good oral hygiene, hard deposits known as calculus can still form in your teeth, which can lead to gum problems in the long run.

Quitting smoking
It’s pretty clear to most of us how smoking affects our general health. It disrupts normal blood circulation in body systems, leading to major health complications.
Stained teeth, dry mouth, bad breath, periodontitis, oral cancer—these are only some of the possible effects of smoking to your oral health, on top of its systemic effects to the body. So, if you want to maintain healthy gums and teeth and enhance your overall health and wellness, start saying “bye-bye” to the puff.

It’s not difficult to keep in mind the above basic tips for maintaining healthy gums and teeth. But putting them into action will get you the actual results.
If you need an expert and experienced Ryde dentist to take care of your precious pearly whites and help you achieve optimum dental health, contact us now at Marsfield Dental Care.

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