How to Prevent Gum Disease
According to the research more people loose their teeth because of gum disease than because of tooth decay. Fortunately, the good news about the gum disease is that it can be easily prevented and if treated in an early stage, it can also be very often reversed. Broadway Dental – Vancouver dentist recommends you maintain good oral hygiene and
visit your dentist in Vancouver, BC & hygienist at least twice a year for regular check-ups and dental cleanings to prevent gum disease and maintain good oral health.
Basic Facts About Gum Disease
Gum disease is caused by bacteria in dental plaque that builds up between your teeth and gums. Plaque is a sticky film that forms on your teeth and if not removed by daily brushing and flossing it can harden into tartar. Tartar is the ideal environment for bacteria that cause gum disease and periodontitis. If the gum tissue and bone that supports the teeth get infected, your teeth may become loose or fall out. Broadway Dental’s Vancouver hygienist will remove any tartar and polish your teeth to a perfect shine.
Gum Disease Has 3 Stages
- Gingivitis – is the first stage of gum disease. This stage is typical by the inflamed gums caused by build up plaque. Another gingivitis symptom is bleeding during brushing and flossing. If treated at this stage, gingivitis can be reversed since the bone that holds the teeth is not affected yet.
- Mild Periodontitis – at this stage, the bone that holds the teeth in place is damaged. Your gums may start pulling away from your teeth and pockets will start to form under the gum line. Mild periodontitis can still be well treated with proper professional dental care and improved home oral care.
- Advanced Periodontitis – is the most severe stage of gum disease. The bone that supports your teeth is irreversibly damaged and your teeth may start shifting and falling out. If the aggressive periodontal treatment does not restore the bone support, your dentist will have to remove the teeth.
Gum Disease Symptoms
- Bleeding during brushing or flossing
- Swollen or tender gums
- Gums that are starting to pull away from the teeth
- Bad breath that lasts
- Loose and sensitive teeth
Gum Disease Prevention
If not treated, gum disease can have serious consequences for your oral and also overall health. Luckily, there are number of ways how to prevent gum disease. Your dentist in Vancouver, BC recommends you take the following steps to prevent gum disease and maintain good oral health.
Brush And Floss Your Teeth
Brush and floss your teeth at least twice a day. Brushing and flossing after meal helps remove food debris between your teeth and gums. Do not forget to brush your tongue since bacteria can hide there too!
Clean Between Your Teeth
Interdental brush or dental floss can reach deep down in between your teeth where
regular toothbrush cannot. It is important to remove trapped food and plaque that builds up there.
Regular Visits To Your Dentist And Hygienist
Maintaining oral health is critical to your well-being. Therefore you should see your dentist at least twice a year for regular check-ups and cleanings!