What Your Dentist Wants You to Know About Preventing Gum Disease

As your dentist, one of our main goals is to help you keep your gums and teeth healthy. Unfortunately, we see many people come into our office who are suffering from gum disease. Although we can treat the symptoms in our office, prevention starts at home. As your dentist, we want you to know about some of the things you can do to prevent gum disease and ultimately keep your gums healthy:

  • Brush for at least two minutes — How often do you spend just a few seconds brushing your teeth because you’re in a hurry? Instead of rushing through this important dental hygiene task, try to take at least two minutes to brush your teeth each morning and night.
  • Floss — We want each and every one of our patients to floss regularly. If you don’t like using traditional floss, try using a floss holder or installing a water pick in your home to make the process easier.
  • Eat healthy — Sugary and starchy foods increase plaque and can harm your teeth significantly over time. To keep your gums healthy, make sure you’re eating a well-balanced, healthy diet. You should also make sure you’re getting plenty of vitamins A and C in particular to promote healthy teeth and gums.
  • Make preventative care a priority — Seeing a dentist at our office every six months is one of the best things you can do for your teeth and gums. If you haven’t already scheduled your next dentist appointment, give our office a call today to do so.