How to prevent gum disease, and what to do if it develops
Created on November 15, 2022
Gum disease is a serious and severe condition that can lead to tooth loss, difficulty eating, and other health problems. Fortunately, there are several steps you can take to help prevent gum disease. At Taylor Street Dental of Springfield, Massachusetts, our dentists can educate you on ways to maintain a healthy smile.
Here are some tips:
- Brush your teeth twice a day using a soft-bristled brush. Be sure to brush gently so you don’t damage your gums. Remember to replace your toothbrush as directed by your dental team to ensure you are not introducing bacteria to the mouth or not effectively cleaning away food debris and acids from the teeth and gums.
- Floss daily to remove the plaque that forms between your teeth and beneath your gum line. If you are unsure as to how to floss properly, your dentist and dental hygienist can educate you on effective methods to ensure you are doing it right!
- Visit your dental team regularly for professional cleanings and checkups. Our team at Taylor Street Dental strongly recommends visiting at least every six months for a cleaning and evaluation, which can help in monitoring the development of serious dental issues.
- Quit smoking if you smoke tobacco products. Smoking is a major risk factor when it comes to developing gum disease and can also put you at risk of a variety of other health concerns, including lung cancer. Your dental team can make recommendations to help you better understand the damage smoking and chewing tobacco have on your oral health and wellness.
- Eat a healthy diet and avoid sugary foods and drinks. Acids can eat away at natural tooth enamel and cause dental erosion and the development of cavities. Maintaining a diet that is focused on healthy foods can reduce the risk of problems down the road.
What should I do if gum disease develops?
The minute you suspect that you may have gum disease or other dental problems, an appointment with the team at Taylor Street Dental should be made. During this time, our dentists will evaluate the smile and determine if gum disease has formed. At this point, treatment options are discussed. Call 413-781-7645 to request a consultation visit and initial examination with Drs. Peck, Homsi, Tyra, and Seo.