The first signs of gingivitis (the early stages of gum disease) are usually inflamed, tender, and bleeding gums. Often times, these signs are ignored – making the infection progress further into gum disease, and eventually, severe periodontitis. However, there are many ways to prevent this from happening – preventive dentistry is the key to success! Gingivitis, if caught early enough, can be reversed with the proper cleaning and care. But, if the infection progresses to gum disease – the bacteria will need to be monitored forever to ensure the infection doesn’t reoccur. Starting with brushing and flossing your teeth daily, there are several things you can do to optimize your oral health.
Visit Your Dentist
It goes without saying, if your teeth and gums aren’t checked or cleaned regularly by your dentist, you’re more likely to have bacteria around your mouth. While you may brush and floss daily like you’re supposed to, your toothbrush can only remove so much plaque and tartar. Your dentist is able to see nooks and crannies that you may not be able to reach – it’s vital to your oral health to visit your dentist as often as they recommend.
Maintain A Healthy Diet
Everyone knows your diet affects your body – but not just in terms of weight, muscle, and fat. Your diet directly affects your health in many ways, including your oral health. The food that you choose to put into your body goes into your mouth first, and can get stuck between your teeth. A healthy diet not only ensures a healthy body, but even if healthier food were to become stuck by your gum tissue, it doesn’t pose as many risks as other foods.