Have you attended regular dental checkups this year? Are you still brushing your teeth at least twice and flossing daily? If you answered no to either of these questions, then it’s time to make a change in your routine. Poor dental hygiene can lead to many complications beyond oral health, including an increased risk of diabetes, heart, lung, and kidney diseases, and even dementia.

At Bumgardner Family Dental, we’re here to help. Our recommendation is to maintain consistent, oral-hygiene routines and dental checkups to ensure that your gum health is, and remains, at its very best.

More often than not, when oral health begins to deteriorate, the underlying culprit is gum disease.

What is Gum Disease and How Can You Prevent It?

Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is an oral infection that spreads from the gums to the surrounding bones and can result in tooth loss as well as inflammatory responses throughout the body. The best prevention of gum disease is to maintain good oral hygiene, attend regular professional cleanings and oral examinations, and cut out unhealthy habits such as smoking and chewing tobacco. 

However, if prevention is no longer an option, our team at Bumgardner Family Dental is trained in periodontal therapy, which restores diseased tissues back to a healthier state. 

Three Tips to Prevent Gum Disease

We understand that taking good care of your dental hygiene can become overwhelming. Because of this, all of us at Bumgardner Family Dental wanted to share a few tips for better oral health.

  1. Always brush your teeth before going to bed at night. 
    Nighttime toothbrushing is such an important task that it is often overlooked. As you eat and drink throughout the day, your teeth get covered in germs and built-up plaque. If nighttime brushing isn’t part of your dental-hygiene routine, then particles will remain on your teeth and gums throughout the night and can lead to negative outcomes like gingivitis – the first stage of gum disease. 
  2. Brush your tongue just as well as you brush your teeth. 
    While it may not be as obvious, your tongue needs to be thoroughly brushed too! Plaque builds up on the tongue in the same way that it builds up on teeth. 
  3. Include mouthwash in your oral hygiene regimen.
    For some people, a good mouthwash rinse is their favorite way to end their oral-hygiene routine. For others, the slight burning sensation of the alcohol within mouthwash is enough to make them stay away. In this situation, a great alternative is alcohol-free mouthwash. 

    Whether you love mouthwash, or you can’t stand it, you should make it a part of your daily oral hygiene routine. Mouthwash rinses help clean those areas that you can’t fully reach with a toothbrush while also protecting your gum health and keeping bad breath at bay. 

We’re Here to Help You with Dental Hygiene

No matter your dental needs, our team is here for you. Especially in ensuring that your health and well-being are being taken care of the best way possible. We offer general dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, and other dental services. Therefore, be sure to contact us today to schedule an appointment, or if you should have any questions, at (337) 896-3062.