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Learn These 5 Important Tips to Prevent and Treat Gum Diseases
Taking care of your overall oral health involves the collective effort of you and your dentist. While there are some preventive measures that you can do yourself to prevent gum diseases, you will inevitably need the help of your dentist to effectively prevent and treat gum diseases.
Prevention of gum problems starts at your home, but a regular visit to your dental care provider will help in ensuring that you will have a healthy smile. Knowing how to take care of your teeth will go a long way in preventing gum diseases. Here are 5 tips on how you can prevent and treat gum diseases.
Routine Teeth Cleaning
Gum diseases are usually painless and very slow to progress, so you will not notice immediately that you have a dental problem during the early stages of the disease. Once a dental disease becomes visible and obvious, it is already in its advanced stages which can be difficult to treat.
Brushing and flossing your teeth regularly will help prevent plaque from building up and minimize the risk of developing periodontal disease. The best practice in cleaning your teeth is to brush it for 2 minutes at least twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste. You should also floss your teeth to remove plaque from hard-to-reach places in your mouth in addition to brushing your teeth.
Dental Maintenance and Checkup
While proper oral care should always start at your home, you should pay your dentist a regular visit to get professional cleaning and to detect early signs of gum diseases.
Dentists use equipment that is far more effective in removing tartar and bacteria that cause gum diseases, and having dental maintenance and check up on a regular basis will allow them to monitor your oral condition and prevent any kind of dental problems before they get worse. Your dentist can also create an oral care program for you that you can follow at home.
Taking Care of Dental Appliances
Dental appliances are devices that help patients to restore or repair the aesthetics and natural function of the teeth. Dental appliances include dentures, crowns, bridges, implants, and braces. While these dental appliances are usually made of durable materials such as ceramic and metal, these should also be a part of your regular oral care maintenance. Cleaning and taking care of these dental appliances will allow you to use them for a longer time without needing to replace them. For example, dentures will last a long time if they are properly cleaned using denture cleansing solutions.
Watch Out for Dry Mouth
Having a dry mouth is usually an indication that there is something wrong in your mouth.
A dry mouth increases the risk of gingivitis, tooth decay and other gum diseases. Aside from that, patients who use dentures will also have a hard time wearing it when they have a dry mouth.
If you feel the symptoms of dry mouth such as a sticky feeling in the mouth, frequent thirst, dry tongue and bad breath, it is best to book an appointment with your dentist immediately to avoid further complications.
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