How to Avoid Gum Disease?

How to Avoid Gum Disease?

Posted by Hallmark Dental Group on Mar 29 2022, 11:31 PM

Gum disease is caused by bacterial growth in your mouth, usually around your teeth and along the gum line. A person develops gum disease as a result of poor oral hygiene, which allows plaque to build upon the teeth and harden. Plaque is a sticky layer of germs that, if not removed, can lead to serious gum disease. If these disorders are not treated promptly, they can cause uncomfortable, irritated, bleeding gums and even tooth loss. Our dentists at Hallmark Dental Group are committed to assisting patients in maintaining healthy smiles by providing teeth cleanings and other preventative dentistry services. 

What Are the Symptoms of Gum Disease?

Periodontitis, commonly known as gum disease, is a dangerous gum infection that affects the gums and surrounding tissues, including the bone that holds teeth in place; it has the potential to destroy the jawbone. Among the early warning, signs and symptoms are:

  • Bleeding when brushing or flossing
  • Bad breath
  • Gums that are swollen, red, and sensitive

Tips for Gum Disease Prevention

  • Maintain Good Oral Hygiene

Although it may appear simple, regular oral hygiene is essential for healthy gums. Brushing your teeth is insufficient, particularly when it comes to gum disease. Flossing should be added to your regimen to lessen the risk of plaque buildup and gum damage. Using a low-alcohol antimicrobial mouthwash can also be highly useful to your oral health.

  • Increase Your Vitamin C Consumption

One of the primary causes of gum disease is a lack of vitamin C. Increase your resistance to gum disease by eating more oranges, strawberries, kiwis, or even taking vitamin C tablets. Vitamin C provides therapeutic effects that can prevent gum bleeding and swelling, which are common indications of gum disease.

  • Get Routine Dental Cleanings

Our dentists will be able to remove plaque and tartar from your teeth during teeth cleaning, allowing you to keep a healthy smile. Even if you already have periodontal disease, our dentists can help you control it. Scaling and root planing can aid in the prevention of receding gums and other oral health problems. 

  • Avoid Smoking

Cigarette smoking is known to lead to gum disease and should thus be avoided at all costs. Because smoking weakens the body, it makes it more difficult for gums to heal when gum disease is present.

Visit Hallmark Dental Group at 335 East St George Blvd #201, Saint George, UT 84770, or call (435) 634-8338 to schedule an appointment for the best dental care based on your particular needs.

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