You can have the straightest, brightest teeth and brush them thoroughly every day, but if you’re not taking care of your gums, your smile will suffer. Gum disease occurs when plaque and tartar build up under and along the gum line, causing infections that can lead to the destruction of the gum and bone. But while gum disease can be devastating in its later stages, it’s also preventable – and the following 4 tips will make maintaining healthy gums in Belmont much easier!
1. Flossing Once a Day
The vast majority of Americans – almost 70 percent – brush their teeth every day. By contrast, only 30 percent of that population flosses on a daily basis. If dental floss isn’t a regular part of your dental routine, you’re leaving behind a lot of plaque and food in your mouth that toothbrush can’t reach. The sooner you start flossing, the easier it will be to prevent gum disease. Look into interdental brushes or water flossers if you have trouble using normal dental floss.
2. Brush Twice a Day and Clean Your Tongue
Brushing is just as much about taking care of your gums as it is your teeth. Bacteria poses a threat to your entire mouth no matter where it’s located. Brushing at least two times a day (or ideally after every meal) will get rid of the food and plaque that can harm the teeth and gums. Take the time to scrub your tongue as well; bacteria can build up on it and be transferred to your gums without you realizing it.
3. Quit Smoking
It has been well established by this point that smoking can lead to gum disease. In addition to introducing harmful substances to the mouth, it also weakens the immune system and makes your gums less capable of fighting off an infection. Fortunately, a brief online search will let you find plenty of resources that can help you stop smoking.
4. Live a Healthy Lifestyle
It has been well documented that diabetes is one of the main risk factors for gum disease. In other words, if you suffer from diabetes, you are much more likely to develop gum disease. At the same time, people who have gum disease are much less likely to control their diabetes. In order to protect your health, it’s essential to keep diabetes under control while also taking good care of your mouth.
Your periodontist in Belmont will have additional tips for keeping your gums free of disease. Get in touch with him today if you have any doubts about your periodontal health. As long as you’re taking the initiative in caring for your gums, you’ll keep your smile healthy and strong for years to come.
About the Author
Dr. Alexander Schrott was trained in dental implant and periodontal treatments in the United States, Germany, and Switzerland. He has been named one of Boston’s top dental professionals by Boston Magazine for four years in a row. As a periodontist, he offers advanced treatments for overcoming all forms of gum disease. To learn more about gum disease prevention or to schedule an appointment, visit his website or call (617) 484-9240.