Simple Steps for Preventing Gum Disease

Wylie Dental Care is proud to offer comprehensive, professional cleanings and examinations for all of our general dentistry patients. One of the most common complications that we see from our new patients is the early onset of gum disease.

Also known as gingivitis, early gum disease, can lead to other more advanced dental problems such as periodontitis, tooth decay and even shifting of teeth and tooth damage.

The good news is that gum disease, when caught in its earlier stages can be easily treated and even reversed. When identified early by your dentist, be sure to take the following steps to prevent gum disease or the advancement of existing disease:

  • Schedule regular dental appointments. It is very important to have a professionally cleaning and evaluation of your teeth twice a year.

  • Brush regularly. It is recommended that you brush after every meal, but at a minimum, twice daily. Be sure to use fluoride toothpaste to prevent tooth decay and pay special attention to brushing your gum line.

  • Floss, floss, floss. One of the surefire ways to prevent the onset of gum disease is to floss your teeth everyday. Flossing is one of the at-home dental routines our patients skip most often – and it’s one of the most important steps you can take to maintaining a healthy mouth free of gum disease.

  • Use a fluoride mouth rinse. Mouth rinse or wash is another great, added step towards sterilizing your gums and maintaining a healthy mouth and fresh breath.

Don’t let a completely preventable condition such as gum disease advance to the level of causing real harm to your mouth. Adopt good at-home oral hygiene habits and visit your dentist regularly to avoid bleeding, diseased gums.

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