Unfortunately, gum disease is very common. At Designer Smiles in Fargo, we provide gum disease treatment.
Here’s some simple ways to keep your teeth and gums healthy.
If you keep your teeth and gums healthy, you will only need to visit the dentist for cleanings and checkups. Not major treatment.
1. Brush for two to three minutes, at least twice a day, with fluoridated toothpaste. Be sure to brush along the gumline. Remove the bits of food Don’t brush too hard, but be thorough. Scrubbing your gums aggressively can be painful and is a BIG don’t.
2. Floss daily to remove plaque from places your toothbrush can’t reach. Don’t like to floss? Try a floss holder, which makes it much easier to insert floss between teeth. But get over your aversion to flossing, unless you want cavities or gingivitis (gum disease).
3. Although not a substitute for brushing and flossing, using a mouth rinse can halt plaque accumulation and keep your enamel strong. Remember that fluoride mouth rinses are not the same as mouthwashes. Mouthwashes have alcohol and are designed to freshen breath. (But they can exacerbate dry mouth which can cause other problems.)
4. Eat a healthy diet. Starchy and sugary foods increase plaque. A nutritious diet provides the nutrients necessary (Vitamins A and C, in particular) to keep teeth and gums healthy.
5. Abstain from cigarettes and smokeless tobacco, which may bring about gingivitis (gum disease) or oral cancer. While you’re at it, avoid E-cigs and vapors.
6. Be aware that certain medications can also threaten oral health. These include oral contraceptives, antidepressants and heart medicines. If your medications are affecting your dental health, talk to Dr. Hetland.
7. Exercise preventive care and schedule regular evaluations — the best way to detect early signs of gum disease and make a plan to reverse it.
8. Talk to your dentist about oral health issues such as old, broken fillings or crowded teeth.
9. If you grind your teeth, talk to us about ways to protect them.
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