Did you know that February is Gum Disease Awareness Month? Around our office, gum disease is a pretty big deal. It’s the number one cause of tooth loss in adults, and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimate that around half of adult Americans have some form of gum disease.
The good news? Gum disease is almost entirely preventable. Today, we want to share the three healthy habits that can reduce your risk for developing gum disease. Along with regular visits to our office, these habits can ensure that your pearly whites and gums remain healthy and strong throughout your life.
1. Reevaluate Your Brushing
If you’re just going through the motions when you brush your teeth, you may be doing more harm than good. The American Dental Association recommends brushing your teeth twice each day for two minutes each time. Sometimes people believe that brushing more vigorously means you don’t have to spend the full two minutes brushing, but that’s not true. Vigorous brushing doesn’t make teeth any cleaner, and it may actually be irritating your gums and damaging your enamel. Irritated gums can begin to recede, which is an early warning sign for gum disease.
2. Don’t Skip on Flossing
If you brush without flossing, almost 40 percent of your tooth’s surface remains unclean. Bacterial plaque loves to hide in the nooks and crannies between teeth. Flossing is a necessary way to remove hard-to-reach residue before it turns to plaque or tartar. You should floss once each day, either before or after brushing.
3. Watch Out for Warning Signs
In its early stages, gum disease can be treated and even reversed before it causes serious problems. Some of the early warning signs include tender or swollen gums, redness, or gums that bleed easily. If you notice any sudden changes in your gums, notify our team immediately.
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Reducing your risk for gum disease requires teamwork between our team at Parkside Family Dental and you. To ask us any questions about caring for your teeth or to schedule your next visit, call our Cary office today!
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