Top Gums: Feel the Need – the Need to Prevent Gum Disease!

by Jason 9/25/2014 8:30 AM

If you don’t already feel the need to prevent gum disease, consider the following.   

Gum disease can take two forms – gingivitis and a more advanced form, periodontitis. Both diseases come with a host of nasty symptoms, including receding gums, gum pain and teeth sensitivity. Interested in a toothless smile? Negative, Ghost Rider. If left untreated, gum disease can cause teeth to fall out!

But take heart. Gum disease is preventable, so it’s important you take care of your teeth and gums from this point forward.

Jump in the pilot’s seat and work your way to top gums by:

·         Brushing and flossing daily: Brush with fluoride toothpaste at least two times a day. Flossing is the wingman to brushing – make sure to floss at least once a day.

·     Getting regular checkups: Regular dental checkups are especially important in preventing gum disease. With twice-a-year checkups, the condition of your gum tissue can be compared over time. Additionally, professional cleanings are the only way to remove tartar, a buildup of bacteria along the gum line.

·        Saying “no” to tobacco use: Using cigarettes, chewing tobacco and/or other tobacco products automatically puts you in the danger zone. Tobacco is one of the most significant risk factors for gum disease.

Eating a Healthy Diet: Poor nutrition can worsen your gum’s condition. Obesity is a risk factor for developing gum disease. Make your mouth and body happy by eating well. Load up on nutritious, low-sugar foods, limit snacking and drink plenty of water.

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