4 Signs You Have Gum Disease and What to Do About It (Part 2)

Some General Steps to Controlling Your Gum Disease

Visit your dentist for a professional dental exam and a round of thorough cleaning. In order for gum disease to settle, you will need to do your part at home by brushing and flossing/interdental brushing.

Try to floss at least once a day. Floss, then brush your teeth, tongue and palate when you first wake up and before bed.

Once your oral hygiene is in order, you can assess if the signs of gum disease are improving or not. The objective is to remove the plaque and bacteria preventing it from sitting too long.

If you do this, the process of calculus (tartar) being deposited on the teeth and gums happens at a much slower rate . You’d be surprised many people say that they think once a day is enough. Well, what happens if you miss that one time? The¬†bacteria-rich plaque will then begin to start to grow on the tooth surface and your gums in the next eight hours, putting you at risk of developing tooth decay and gingivitis.

SO, if you brush at night, why do you still have to brush in the morning? This is why you should. You are cleaning, not sterilizing your mouth. There are still living organisms in there. Your body is working while you are sleeping, digesting food, growing fingernails, etc. Bacteria performs many processes and plaque forms.

Gum disease can be a sign of the general health of your body. See it as a dashboard for other issues in your mouth, gut, immune system, and heart.

Tune in to Part 1 of this article too!


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