How to Prevent Gum Disease

How to Prevent Gum Disease

In its most mild form, gum disease is referred to as gingivitis, and may cause some irritation and sensitivity to the gums. There may also be bleeding when you brush or floss. In its most dangerous form, gum disease is called periodontitis, and can cause loss of jaw bone and loosening of the teeth until they have to be replaced. At Dr. Chertok’s office, we are committed to the health of our patients, and we want to educate you on the best ways to prevent gum disease in Berkeley, CA.

Gum disease is caused by bacteria inside plaque that builds up between the teeth and gums. As the bacteria grow, the surrounding gums are often inflamed. Periodontal disease is totally preventable if you know how to address the basics.

Brushing

Teeth should be brushed after each meal to remove and plaque or food debris caught between the gums and teeth. Always brush your tongue also, as it is the prime place for bacteria to grow. If you can’t brush your teeth after each meal, at least rinse with water each time you eat.

Flossing

You should always be flossing at least once a day to remove those hard to reach food particles and any plaque that resides along the gum line between the teeth. Your toothbrush does a good job, but it can’t reach every part of your mouth, and that is what floss is for.

Mouthwash

Swish with a mouthwash regularly in order to remove any remaining debris that got through your flossing and tooth brushing.

Risks

Be aware of the risk factors involved in gum disease. These include diet, genetics, smoking and age. If you are at an increased risk for develop gum disease, speak to a periodontist early.

Contact Us Today

To schedule an appointment to discuss gum disease with a professional, call us today at (510) 548-0150 to meet with Dr. Chertok.