Gum disease, like other medical conditions, has many stages of severity. In the beginning, it’s known as gingivitis and typically presents with inflamed or bleeding gum tissue. However, once it progresses, your symptoms will likely become more severe with time. The good news is that the infection is entirely preventable! And, even if you’re unable to prevent gum disease altogether, it’s often reversible when caught in its earliest stages. So, how do you avoid gum disease? Preventive dentistry is the best way to keep this infection at bay. But – what exactly is preventive dentistry?
Eating healthy isn’t always easy, sweets and other foods that aren’t good for us are often tempting. However, the healthier you eat, the better you’re taking care of your body – keeping it healthy overall. Foods like lean proteins, healthy fats (like avocado), fruits, veggies, and whole grains make up a great diet! Avoiding sugar also helps avoid other dental infections (tooth decay).
Practicing Excellent Oral Hygiene
Speaking of avoiding dental infections, your oral hygiene plays a huge role in the amount of bacteria you’ll find around your mouth. If you’re not brushing twice each day and flossing at least once, now is the perfect time to start!
Maintaining Regular Dentist Visits
Last, but certainly not least, regularly visiting your dentist will ensure that your oral health is always optimized. Not only will they thoroughly clean your teeth (removing any bacteria), but they also examine your mouth to look for any abnormalities – signs of infection, excess wear, etc.
Have you seen your dentist in the last 6 months? If you answered ‘no,’ schedule your appointment today!