5 Ways to Prevent Gum Disease

5 Ways to Prevent Gum Disease

Gum disease is ruinous to the health of our teeth. It causes tooth loss and can lead to dangerous infections of the jawbone if not treated. Caused by bacteria accumulating on the gums, gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease and makes up about 70 percent of all gum disease patients. It’s marked by red, swollen gums that bleed easily. The more advanced form of gingivitis, periodontitis, results in tooth loss, receding gums, inflamed and sensitive gums, and bone loss in the jaw. Periodontitis is the result of untreated, uncontrolled gingivitis.

Fortunately, it’s not hard at all to prevent gingivitis. The following tips will save you a lot of pain and bother!

Bishara Dental in Houston Texas recommends the following 5 ways to prevent gum disease

  • Proper brushing. Brushing with a soft-bristled toothbrush two to three times a day is a must for preventing gingivitis. A two-minute brushing, with gentle circular motions, will remove. Use a toothpaste approved by the American Dental Association (ADA). All approved products are marked with the ADA seal of approval.
  • Flossing. Daily flossing with an ADA approved floss removes tiny particles of trapped food between teeth. Remember, it’s up down, in-between and in-around each tooth!
  • Mouthwashes. Vigorously swish a mouthwash with anti-plaque ingredients several times a day and after meals. Uncontrolled bacteria growth is the root of gingivitis. Get rid of bacteria and you eliminate any chances of gin.
  • Eliminate Tobacco Use. Smoking and chewing tobacco are significant contributors to the onset of gum disease. If you smoke, quit.
  • Visit your dentist regularly. Twice yearly regular visits to your dentist makes sure your gums are healthy.

Dr. Mena Bishara at Bishara Dental can help you have the healthiest gums and happiest smile. See him at 6060 Richmond Ave #210, Houston, Texas. Ready to book an appointment with our dentist near you? Fill out our online form to schedule your visit now!