Many people are led to believe that ageing eventually leads to teeth loss. However, this is usually not the truth at all. Most of the time, the reason that people begin losing teeth as they get older is because of the advancement of gum disease. Gum disease, however, is preventable. The following article will show you how to prevent gum disease.
Gum disease, or “periodontal disease” or “gingivitis”, afflicts the tissue and the bone that actually support the teeth. Many people focus exclusively on making sure their teeth get cleaned with regular brushing and perhaps flossing, but they pay little attention to their gums, which are just as important to dental health as are the teeth.
The main culprit behind gum disease is the build up of plaque, which breeds bacteria that begin to inflame the gums and lead to the onset of gum disease.
Gingivitis is actually just the early warning sign of potentially more serious gum disease. Gingivitis is signaled by mild bleeding of the gums during the brushing of the teeth or unusually high teeth sensitivity (although it needs to be pointed out that some people naturally have more sensitive teeth than do other people).
How to prevent gum disease
One of the first places to look, then, when thinking of how to prevent gum disease is to your dietary habits. Eating a great deal of sugars or starches, drinking alcoholic beverages regularly, using tobacco all can put you at increased risk for contracting gum disease.
This risk factor does not mean that you cannot enjoy these things, although if you smoke you should attempt to quit for other health reasons and none of the other things should be consumed beyond moderation. However, in order to prevent gum disease, you will want to pay close attention to your intake of these things and make sure that you are using a dental health supplement to your regular brushing.
One of the best supplements to use when it comes to prevent gum disease is something like Act Pre-Brush Mouth Rinse or other related products. These liquids are easily absorbed by the tissue and bone of the gums, they can get into every part of your mouth because of their liquid nature, and they are especially made to target the germs and plaque buildup that cause gum disease.
Chewing gums that are especially designed to scrape away plaque also are on the market and can be looked into.
Certain foods also help scrape away plaque from the teeth and gums. Popcorn, apples with the skin on them, and nuts (without a sugar coating) are among these foods.
Lifestyle can also play a role in bringing on gum disease. Being constantly without energy reduces the body’s resistance to diseases and infections in every area of the body and that includes the gums. It is important to the prevention of gum disease, therefore, that you have a lifestyle that includes good amounts of exercise and a balanced diet that gives your body the energy it needs to keep the immune system working at its best.
Gum disease does not necessarily cause pain until it becomes very advanced, so just waiting until you have some toothache before you decide that you may have to take preventive measures is very unwise and will be doing too little too late. If you have any signs of gingivitis that won’t go away with the adoption of the steps mentioned above, see a dentist immediately to determine what action to take to get rid of gum disease.
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