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Are You Doing Everything You should to Prevent Gum Disease?

Posted on 9/25/2015 by Jonathan Woodyard
A woman suffering from gum disease pain.There are a few time tested, simple and easy measures to dental care, and when followed would help you prevent gum disease as well. Though it may seem otherwise, it is not difficult to prevent gum disease, but you have to make sure that you are doing everything that you have to.

•  Step One - Is to make sure that you have the right kind of brush which ideally should be a small headed one that can bend into difficult corners.
•  Second Step - Is the toothpaste, which is just a tool that provides a delightful flavor while brushing. When the commercials say that their toothpaste is the only way to prevent gum disease, take it with a grain of salt. Toothpastes really do not help much, but dentists recommend that you use toothpastes that contain fluoride to prevent tooth decay. The best way to use your toothpaste is to take a pea sized amount on the brush.
•  Third Step - Is using a good, preferably dentist recommended, mouthwash - however, if you do not have one at the moment or if you have run out of it, then just rinse your mouth with water. This will help to reduce the bacteria in your mouth by approximately 30%.

Maintain good oral hygiene and that includes giving up smoking. Smoking stains the teeth and makes the gum and interior of the mouth to become darker; increases the amount of bacteria in the mouth and any existing infection; not to mention the fact that smokers are in danger of accumulating tartar quicker than non-smokers.

Good manners play a vital role in reducing gum diseases, it has been observed that many people clench or grind their teeth unnecessarily; this can put a lot of undue pressure on the gums which can increase the severity of any existing condition. So willfully stop grinding your teeth or if you are unable to, ask your dentist for an occlusal or a bite guard.

Your food habits and lifestyle also has a lot of undue effect on gum disease and while it might not cause gum disease, it can certainly aggravate any condition and make treatment harder. So it is important to indulge in good eating habits, being careful while choosing food and beverages, relaxing, and maybe taking up activities that will help you release stress.

Please contact us if you have any questions about gum disease.


Woodyard Dental Care, PSC

Dr. Jonathan Woodyard, DMD

3235 Olivet Church Road
Paducah, KY 42001



Phone: (270) 408-1321

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