If your gums bleed, are swollen, or if you are in pain when you brush your teeth, you may have gum disease. The early stages of gum disease are called gingivitis and you can practice proper oral care to reverse the symptoms. Here are a few tips to help you stop gum disease before it hurts your smile.
When you first get gum disease, you may think you need to brush your teeth for a long period of time and very fast. Do not do this! Yes, it is true that brushing your teeth can reduce gum disease, but, if you brush too hard or too long you could damage the tissue on your gums. Typically, those tissues cannot be removed.
Stop Using Tobacco
Whether it is smokeless or smoking tobacco, this chemical is bad for your health. If you stop using tobacco products you can help your overall as well as your oral health. Did you know? Smoking can increase your chance of developing gum disease seven times more compared to nonsmokers. Decide to stop using tobacco today to prevent gum diseases and other conditions!
This may be a surprising tip, but stress can hurt your oral health. Increased stress not only decreases your body’s defense against infections, but it can also cause muscle tension. This could lead to clenching and grinding your teeth. This could further the effect of gum disease. Additionally, the added pressure on your teeth from grinding can destroy tissues in your gums along with other oral conditions such as TMD and the need for a crown.
Use Good Oral Hygiene to Stop Gum Disease
The best way to promote good oral health is with a good oral hygiene routine. This means brushing twice a day, every day. No excuses! Start by brush after you wake-up and before bed for two minutes each. Also, floss twice a day. If your gums bleed or you experience tenderness while flossing, use extra care by sliding between the teeth instead of shoving the floss. Lastly, avoid sugary drinks and foods. This can include brightly colored fruits. Sugar or starches, which turn into acid, breaks down your tooth’s enamel, putting your tooth at-risk for a cavity. If you consume sugar, rinse your mouth with water afterward.
Although gingivitis can be reversed through good oral habits and brushing, periodontal disease cannot be reversed. Actually, you may experience bone or tooth loss as the periodontal disease develops. For more information about treating gingivitis, call Dr. Dernick at Smiles of Memorial today!