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4 Tips For Preventing Gum Disease

Aug 17, 2007
Gum disease (known as periodontitis in medical lingo) occurs when the tissues (gums) that surround your teeth and hold them, get infected. If you are infected with gum disease, you most probably will not realize it, as the infection does not cause pain when it sets in the early stages. The pain begins only when the infection has set in nicely and begun causing havoc with your teeth (causing them to fall out or be removed by a dentist). You will be surprised to know that gum disease is the major cause of tooth loss in adults.

Though you may be brushing your teeth regularly, but that is not enough - you need to take good care of your gums too. Here is a small guide on how to take care of your gums and thereby prevent gum disease:

1. Brush your teeth twice daily: After eating, bacteria park themselves on your teeth and if you allow them to remain there, the gums will start deteriorating. Therefore, you must brush your teeth, and brush them well, twice in a day to remove the bacteria formation. Pay attention to the toothbrush you use - it must be soft-bristled. Remember to use dental products that bear the American Dental Association's seal of approval.

2. Floss daily: You must regularly floss your teeth to clean out the food particles that are lodged in between your teeth. Flossing is required because toothbrush bristles cannot reach between your teeth and if you leave the stuck food particles unattended to, they will begin to fester and damage the gums.

3. Watch your diet: Do not binge out on sugary-foods such as cakes and desserts - be especially careful with colas as they are have a lot of sugar content, and are acidic as well. Pepper your diet with vegetables, fruits, wholegrains, and cereals. Milk products have lots of calcium in them and they are good for your teeth and gums too. And, do not binge out between meals and do not lust for midnight snacks!

4. See your dentist: Visit your dentist regularly for routine check-ups and tooth cleaning, because plaque collects on your teeth and filters down to your gums and infects them, and it is a good idea to get it removed every few months or so.

These were the preventive measures you can take to ward off gum infection. Once your gums are infected, it is still possible to treat them provided the infection is in an early stage. Once the infection gets into an advanced stage, the gums and the bone, which act as a support system for the teeth may get damaged causing teeth to fall off or be removed.

But, you have all the means at your disposal to ward off gum disease and there is no reason why you would ever want it to even reach the infection stage. So, take good care of your teeth and gums and keep smiling.
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