Preventing Gum Disease
Gum disease is a leading cause of tooth loss in American adults, but it is also highly preventable. Although Dr. Alan Frame, our Santa Clara dentist, offers preventative treatments that can help reduce your risk of gum disease and treatments to control its spread, what you do at home can make a big difference in your gum health.
Brushing is a first-line defense and is necessary for removing plaque and food debris. Apply fluoride toothpaste to a soft-bristled brush, and hold it at a 45-degree angle to brush well at the gum line and on each surface of your teeth. Clean your tongue with a tongue scraper or your toothbrush. Brush twice a day for the best results.
Use regular dental floss or a floss pick to clean in between each set of teeth. Guide the floss between the teeth, and slide it gently along the gum before scraping back up the sides of the teeth. A floss threader may be needed if you have braces or bridgework.
While mouthwash is not as important as brushing and flossing, a quality antimicrobial mouthwash can help combat plaque and bacteria to keep your gums healthier. Brands with added fluoride can also help strengthen teeth.
A balanced diet nourishes sensitive gum tissue and helps your whole body resist infections such as periodontal disease.
5. Quit Smoking
If you smoke or chew tobacco, quitting may be one of the best things that you can do for your periodontal health.
Contact our office today to learn more about keeping your gums healthy or to schedule your appointment with Dr. Frame, our expert in periodontal treatments in Santa Clara.
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