Bad breath in the morning is just one of the many indicators you’re on your way to gum disease. Gum disease is something many of us have without realizing it, and it can not only cause bad breath and discoloration, but eventually destroy our teeth and even our jaw if left unchecked. Regular cleaning and dental visits can help ensure your gums stay healthy.
Avoiding Gum Disease
Gum disease is caused by the build up of bacteria and the toxins they produce, causing plaque and tartar build up, which leads to more severe problems, like our gums actually pulling back from our teeth and exposing them to further decay. It may seem too easy, but visiting your dentist regularly is one of the best ways to avoid gum disease. When plaque is left unchecked, it becomes tartar which cannot be removed by simply brushing and flossing. Dentists have specialized tools to clean the plaque and tartar off our teeth that always seems to build up no matter how well we brush.
Brushing your teeth twice daily is the foundation of healthy teeth and gums. We know you’ve heard this from your dentist since you were able to hold a toothbrush, but it tends to be the easiest habit to forget even though it’s so important. Brushing clears the bulk of the bacteria and the plaque, as well as the sugars and food that causes it and lead to problems.
Make sure to take care of the places your toothbrush misses. This means cleaning between your teeth with floss and mouthwash. Our teeth and gums are full of all sorts of places for food particles, bacteria and plaque to build up, so why brush if you’re just going to leave it to hide in between your teeth and do the damage anyway? Try to floss thoroughly at least once a day and swish with mouthwash at least twice a day. If you build it into your brushing routine, you’ll see and feel a difference.
Quit smoking. If you are really interested in keeping your gums pink and your teeth in healthy, stop or drastically reduce your use of smoked or chewed tobacco, as this can be one of the biggest contributing factors putting you at risk for gum disease.
Call Us Today!
Don’t let yourself become a victim of gum disease. Simply making regular appointments with your dentist can keep gum disease at bay. If you live in the Jonesboro, AR area and have questions about how we can help you and your gums stay healthy don’t hesitate to contact us!