How to Prevent Gum Disease

Gum disease can cause many problems with your mouth, tooth loss, bone loss and even lead to other health issues.  Fortunately, it is very preventable if you have proper oral hygiene and follow these simple suggestions.

Lifestyle Changes to Prevent Gum Disease

There are several changes you can make to your lifestyle that will dramatically lower your risks, the severity, and speed of gum disease development.  Brushing and flossing regularly, along with getting your teeth professionally cleaned twice a year are great ways to stay on top of your oral health.  However, it is estimated that about 30% of Americans are genetically more likely to suffer from gum disease.  If you have increased odds of developing it then these additional changes can help lower that risk.

People who smoke can be seven times more likely to develop gum disease than nonsmokers.  Smoking can also reduce the effectiveness of treatments.  Quitting smoking can remove this additional risk factor for developing gum disease.

It’s also important to maintain a well-balanced diet.  Proper nutrition can not only help your body fight infection more effectively, but eating the right nutrients can help promote good oral health and help your body repair damaged tissue.

Reducing stress and tension in your life as well as your jaw can help you to avoid clenching your teeth.  Preventing yourself from grinding your teeth is also beneficial to the prevention of gum disease.  Excess force in your mouth could increase the deterioration of your jaw bone, gums, and teeth.

Genetic Risks of Gum Disease

As mentioned above, there is a certain amount of genetically predisposed risk that could increase your chances of developing gum disease.  If other people in your family have gum disease, then you could be at a greater risk.  Your dentist may recommend more frequent checkups in order to catch any developing problems early.

If you think that you might have gum disease, it is important to speak to your dentist as soon as you can.  If untreated, problems such as this can have a devastating effect on your mouth, it is preventable and treatable if caught early enough.

For more information on gum disease or a consultation, call Progressive Dental Care Center.

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