The month of February is National Gum Disease Awareness Month. But at Red Oak Family Dentistry in McKinney, Texas, we recognize the importance of combating gum disease all year long. Our dental office offers routine cleanings and dental exams for patients of all ages, including kids!
We also teach patients how to maintain superb oral health habits. In this blog post, we’ve compiled a list of three measures you can take to reduce your risk for gum disease, also known as periodontal disease.
1. Floss Every Day
Many patients don’t floss every day or even at all. While flossing may seem like an insignificant and tedious task, it has a serious impact on the prevention of gum disease. Daily flossing is essential for removing plaque and debris that gets stuck in between your teeth.
If allowed to accumulate, plaque will harden into tartar and cause your gums to become irritated and inflamed. Gum inflammation is called gingivitis. Eventually, inflamed gums can become infected. Not only are infected gums painful, but they increase your risk for tooth loss.
Floss at least once per day with string floss. A water flosser can also help clean under your gumline and between your teeth.
2. Brush Your Teeth Properly
Gently brush your teeth twice per day for two minutes each time to remove plaque and food particles. Brush in small circles with a soft-bristled toothbrush to protect your enamel and gums from damage. Avoid aggressive sawing motions.
Replace your toothbrush every three to four months or more frequently if your bristles are frayed. And if you’re struggling with consistency, consider investing in an electric toothbrush.
3. Stop Smoking
Did you know that smoking has a negative impact on your oral health? Individuals who smoke are more likely to develop gingivitis, the first stage of gum disease.
This is because smoking weakens your immune system, which makes it harder for your body to fight off infection in your gums. Keep in mind that smokeless tobacco products also increase your risk of gum disease!
Improve the quality of your oral health and your overall health by quitting smoking as soon as possible. We invite you to utilize the many resources available and make a plan today to quit smoking.
Schedule Your Checkup at Red Oak Family Dentistry!
By following these tips, consuming a balanced diet, and regularly visiting our McKinney dental office, you’re much less likely to develop gum disease. So if it’s been a while since you’ve been in to see us, contact us today to schedule your next checkup and cleaning at Red Oak Family Dentistry.