How can I prevent gum disease?

Man in pain holding his cheek with hand, suffering from bad tooth acheAlthough periodontal disease is a common condition that impacts the smile, it doesn’t mean that it has to become a reality for you. This condition, also known as gum disease, is an infection that develops, often due to poor oral health and wellness. Many patients develop it and might not even know they have it, which is why routine visits to the dentist are critical. Drs. David Peck, Mahmoud Homsi, Elwira Tyra, and Brian Seo of Springfield, MA work routinely with patients who visit them at Taylor Street Dental to educate them on how to care for the smile.

Helpful tips to prevent gum disease and maintain a healthier smile

Our team recommends the following tips to patients to educate them on the importance of keeping the smile healthy and clean. These are all steps that anyone can take to beautiful teeth and gums:

  • Brush and floss as directed. Most patients should be brushing their teeth after every meal and flossing at least once a day to keep the teeth and gums clean, removing bacteria and keeping plaque and tartar from building up on tooth enamel.
  • Eat a healthy diet. Eating a diet high in fruits and vegetables and low in sugars and sweets helps in contributing to a healthy smile as well as a healthy body.
  • Stop tobacco use. Whether you use chewing tobacco or smoke cigarettes, nicotine and tobacco use should be avoided. Talk to your dentist about ways to help you quit and get on the road to a healthier smile AND a healthier body!
  • Use the right products. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush along with a toothpaste formulated with fluoride and approved by the American Dental Association to clean the teeth and gums after meals.
  • Visit the dentist regularly. Monitoring the smile can be done when patients visit the dental office regularly for cleanings and evaluations. The dental team can catch the early signs of problems such as disease or decay and intervene before they become more damaging to the smile.

Contact Taylor Street Dental today

Springfield, MA patients who are considering the benefits of a healthy smile are encouraged to talk to our team of professionals about home care tips. The office is conveniently located at 41 Taylor Street, Fourth Floor and is open to new and returning patients and families who call (413) 781-7645 for an appointment.

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