Tips for Preventing Periodontal Disease

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Periodontal disease, or gum disease, is one of the leading causes of tooth loss in the United States, and it is often caused by inadequate or improper dental care. Without appropriate oral hygiene, bacteria will develop underneath the base of the gums and eat away at the tooth enamel. Fortunately, you can find tips on how to prevent the development of periodontal disease in the article below.

Brush Your Teeth Twice a Day:

When brushing your teeth, use a toothbrush that is small enough to reach behind your upper and lower molars. As you brush, place the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle and press it against where the teeth meet the gums. Press firmly and move your hand back and forth or in tiny circular motions. Be sure to brush all sides of the teeth as well as the tongue and inner cheek. Vigorously brush the tops of the molars to remove any food particles that might be stuck in the crevices. Do this twice a day and replace your tooth brush every three to five months.

Floss Once a Day:

Flossing is the best way to prevent periodontal disease. Wrap the ends of a piece of floss around your index fingers and slide the floss in between the teeth to gently scrape the sides of each tooth, making sure to get underneath the edges of the gum line. Keep in mind that you might not be able to see minute food particles and bacteria.

Visit Your Dentist Regularly:

Your dentist can provide professional cleaning and detect signs of decay that you can’t, so be sure to visit your dentist regularly for checkups. Your dentist will take digital X-rays of your teeth and use state-of-the-art tools to clean areas of your teeth and gums that your tooth brush and floss can’t reach.

If you’re looking for a gentle dental experience that provides the oral care and protection you need, visit Oak Creek Dental Care. We offer professional cleanings, X-rays, oral cancer screening, gum protection, and more. We also offer a variety of cosmetic treatments, including dental implants and teeth whitening. To learn more about our services, call (614) 882-5525.

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