Gum disease is a bacterial infection brought on by a buildup of plaque, the stuff that collects on our teeth every day. We can’t completely escape plaque from forming in our mouths, it comes from the sugars and starches in the foods that we eat, but there are steps that we can take to reduce our risk for the development of gum disease.
We have to get rid of the bacteria. Brushing our teeth twice a day or even better after every meal, will help to remove any food debris that has gotten lodged between our teeth. Flossing will pick up those particles that a toothbrush may have missed. An antibacterial mouthwash is a great follow up to proper brushing and flossing. Ask your dentist or hygienist for recommendations pertaining to brand names that have proven to have lived up to their claims.
Are you at high risk for infection? It could be a matter of genetics, a history of poor oral hygiene or an unhealthy diet regimen, but some people seem to be more vulnerable to gum disease than others. If you are one of those people, your dentist may suggest that you have more frequent professional cleanings – likely every 3 or 4 months instead of the usual 6 month intervals.
Keeping up with scheduled checkups and staying on track with a healthy home care regimen are both important in the prevention of gum disease. Make an appointment today, call Deidra Bird Kokel, DDS @ 703-997-1313 in Leesburg, VA.