Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is an oral health issue that affects over 80% of the population to some degree. In the early stages, people often experience bad breath, redness, painful chewing, and soreness that causes bleeding.
At Bay Street Dental Group, we help our patients with holistic gum disease prevention and advise them on how to achieve good dental hygiene.
Why Is Gum Disease A Serious Concern?
Gum disease usually begins without any visible warning. In the advanced stages, it can lead to the loss of teeth as the disease largely affects the bone structure around the teeth. Studies have shown that the disease is responsible for almost 70% of the adult teeth loss.
Recent studies have highlighted the link between gum disease and many other critical health conditions, including stroke, heart disease, diabetes, respiratory diseases, and much more. While the disease is a serious health condition, it can still be curable with proper treatment and good dental hygiene practices.
We provide regular appointments and tips for gum disease prevention in Port Melbourne.
With a set of oral hygiene practices, you can keep the gum disease at bay.
How To Keep Your Gums Healthy
- Brushing your teeth after each snack and meal using a soft toothbrush is an excellent option to keep your gums healthy. You should brush gently in small, circular pattern and must cover top, front, and back of each tooth.
- Floss once a day to avoid plaque build-up. The accumulation of plaque under your gums can damage your oral health.
- Keep your blood sugar normal or close to normal for preventing inflammation, bleeding, and other issues.
- Visit a qualified dentist at regular intervals of time for check-ups and professional cleaning. It avoids the build-up of plaque and helps you to identify any oral health issues. Professionally cleaning your teeth by a dentist at least two times a year is highly essential for keeping your teeth and gums strong and healthy.
- Whenever you notice problems with your teeth and gums, including sore teeth, red or bleeding gums, and more, speak to your dentist.
- If you smoke, ask your dentist for ways to quit smoking.