Preventing gum disease

Gum disease is, for the most part, preventable. While it is true that some people may be more susceptible to developing gum disease- such as pregnant women, and people with conditions such as diabetes- prevention is the most important factor in the fight against gum disease. Preventative measures include keeping your teeth and gums clean. Brush your teeth properly at least twice a day and floss at least once every 24 hours. Be sure to see your dentist regularly for professional cleaning and dental exams. This will not only provide an opportunity for you to get a professional cleaning, it will also give your dentist a chance to detect any early signs of gum disease, and provide appropriate treatment.

Using proper brushing and flossing techniques is equally important. There is some debate as to whether electric toothbrushes are more effective than regular brushes. A manual toothbrush is usually sufficient, as long as you brush for two minutes each time. Be sure to use gentle pressure when brushing. Some people may think that a toothbrush with coarser bristles will provide more cleaning power, but in fact, softer bristle brushes will be just as effective and won’t irritate your gums. Replace your toothbrush every few months, as the brush won’t do as good a job if it is frayed or losing bristles.

Using a fluoride toothpaste is recommended. The fluoride in the toothpaste will provide extra protection against cavities and gum disease. Some toothpastes may boast extra features such as whitening or relief of sensitive teeth. Whitening toothpastes usually contain a mild abrasive such as baking soda, which will help to buff away stains to some degree. These pastes generally don’t provide any extra protection against gum disease and won’t be as effective as a professional dental whitening service. When its comes to toothbrushes and toothpastes, you need not spend a lot of money; good toothbrushes and toothpastes can be bought for under $5 each. Focusing on proper technique alongside regular dental checkups are key.