With age in addition to wisdom comes the importance of maintaining your health. The maintenance of your oral health is no exception to this unspoken rule. It’s vitally important to maintain your oral health because of the fact that your oral health can directly impact your overall health. Gum disease has been a growing issue when it comes to oral health. Therefore, caring for your gums should be made a priority.
Please review the three easy steps that you can take to help you in the fight against gum disease below:
Three Easy Ways That You Can Prevent Gum Disease
1. Brush the Right Way
Brushing your teeth regularly is important but brushing properly is equally important to fight gum disease. Review all of the steps below to learn more about how to brush your teeth the right way.
Position toothbrush at a 45-degree angle from your gums
Use gentle and also short strokes on every individual tooth
Brush for two minutes in a pattern so you don’t miss teeth
Brush your tongue thoroughly in order to remove bacteria
Be sure to get a new toothbrush when your old one looks worn out because it may harbor bacteria.
2. Flossing Is Essential
Also, flossing is equally important when it comes to the maintenance of your teeth. It’s important for you to floss on a regular basis to help prevent the development of gum disease and to remove bacteria.
Flossing at least once a day is the standard amount of time and if possible, doing it before bed is ideal.
3. Exams and Cleanings
It’s very important to be sure that you are maintaining regularly scheduled visits with your dentist to help with the prevention of gum disease. By visiting your dentist regularly you can ensure that you are getting a professional cleaning to remove built up plaque which can lead to the spread of gum disease.
Treating Gum Disease
If you suspect that you may be suffering from gum disease than the best thing to do would be to reach out to your dentist in order to set up a consultation. They can perform a full examination to determine if you are suffering from gum disease, and if you are not then they can provide you with preventative care.
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