How To Protect Your Mouth From Gum Disease
Let us start by saying gum disease happens. At Overmeyer Family Dental, we don’t want you to feel embarrassed if you think you may have gum disease. We’re more than happy to treat your symptoms and get your teeth back in tip-top shape.
In the meantime, we hope to educate our readers about how to protect their mouths from gum disease, to avoid the uncomfortable symptoms that go along with the condition.
In sum, gum disease is caused by a buildup of bad bacteria that wreak havoc on your mouth. The mildest form of gum disease is called gingivitis. Essentially, you can develop gingivitis if you don’t brush and floss your teeth properly, allowing plaque to build up in your mouth and turn into tartar. That tartar and the continuous buildup of bad bacteria leads to trouble. That’s when you’ll start to experience some pretty nasty symptoms.
The only way to remove that tartar is to see your dentist for professional teeth cleaning. In the meantime, we encourage you to learn more about gum disease and how you can protect your mouth.
Signs and Symptoms Of Gum Disease
Unfortunately, gum disease can take over your mouth without any symptoms at all. In most cases, however, the signs of gum disease are relatively easy to spot if you know what to look for. Be aware of the following signs and symptoms of gum disease:
- Gums that bleed easily when you brush or floss
- Red, swollen, and sensitive gums
- Receding gums
- Chronic bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth
- Loose teeth
- A change in your bite
- A change in how your partial dentures fit
- Pain when eating
- Teeth that are especially sensitive to cold or hot temperatures
Gum Disease Prevention
It sounds simple, but the most effective way to prevent gum disease is to brush and floss your teeth regularly and properly. That means brushing your teeth at least twice a day for two minutes each time, making sure to brush the entire surface of each tooth. It’s also important to floss to remove any food particles or plaque that may have been left behind after brushing.
You should toss your toothbrush and replace it with a new one if the bristles have become frayed or it’s been more 4 months since you’ve replaced it. During your appointment with us, we can tell you what toothpaste will work best for your individual needs.
As for flossing, it’s a task that seems pretty simple but is often done incorrectly.
How To Floss The Right Way
To best protect your mouth from gum disease, we recommend flossing once a day, preferably before bedtime. Take a long piece of floss, approximately 18 inches long, and hold the floss tautly between your index fingers and thumbs. Slide the floss between each tooth, creating a C-shape with the floss to partially wrap around the tooth.
Use a push and pull, then up and down motion to effectively floss that tooth. It’s important to curve the floss so you can get below the gumline and remove any plaque or food debris that may be lingering there. Floss both sides of the teeth, then move the floss down your fingers so you can use a clean area to floss your next two teeth.
If you’re having trouble, don’t hesitate to ask us for help. We’re more than happy to show you some techniques to make flossing easier!
The Importance Of Treating and Preventing Gum Disease
If left untreated gingivitis can progress to periodontitis, which is especially bad news for your mouth. As if bleeding gums weren’t bad enough, periodontitis can cause your teeth to become loose and even fall out. Tooth replacement is more difficult if gum disease is present because it can affect the health of your bone as well. Advanced gum disease can cause your bone to deteriorate which will affect the shape of your face. Gum disease isn’t pretty!
To learn more about gum disease and how you can keep your teeth healthy, call Overmeyer Family Dental. If you haven’t already, schedule your next checkup and teeth cleaning. Call (407) 871-3143 or contact us online. We look forward to hearing from you!