Family & Cosmetic Dentist in St. Louis, MO
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How to Prevent Gum Disease
We have good news and bad news.
The good news is that you can easily prevent most gum disease by establishing a routine of regular daily care of your teeth and gums and having regular dental checkups.
The bad news: A lot of people ignore gum health and end up losing teeth or needing expensive gum surgery.
Here's how you can keep your teeth and gums healthy:
Brush your teeth well twice a day.
Regular brushing removes cavity-causing bacteria from the teeth. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush that is in good condition and brush for 2 minutes. Replace your toothbrush every few months. Use toothpastes and mouth rinses that contain fluoride to strengthen the teeth and help prevent decay. Choose dental products that bear the American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance, your assurance that they have met the ADA's standards for safety and effectiveness.
Clean between your teeth every day.
Use floss or interdental cleaners to remove bacteria and food particles from between the teeth, where a toothbrush can't reach. Daily brushing and flossing can often reverse early gum disease. If you use interdental cleaners, ask your dentist how to use them properly to avoid injuring your gums.
Eat a healthy, balanced diet.
Choose a variety of foods from the basic food groups, such as breads, cereals and other grain products; fruits; vegetables; meat, poultry and fish; and dairy products, such as milk, cheese and yogurt. Limit sugary and especially sugary/sticky candies and fruits like raisins. When you do eat them, brush soon afterwards.
Visit your dentist regularly.
Regular dental checkups and professional cleaning can help prevent periodontal diseases and limit the spread of cavities.