Posted on 2/20/2020 by Periodontal Associates
|Gum disease occurs when bacteria infect your gums. The early stage of gum disease, gingivitis, is widely known, but some people don't realize just how prevalent it is. Some people ignore obvious signs such as a little bleeding when they brush their teeth.
However, that's one of the earliest signs of gingivitis, and it needs to be addressed as soon as possible. If you don't, you may find yourself battling gum disease. Fortunately, even this more severe condition can be dealt with if you have us on your side. Here are a few things you can do to reverse gum disease.
Preventing Gum Disease
First, rather than trying to battle gum disease and get it reversed, you should try to avoid it in the first place. That means brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing at least once a day. You also need to use mouthwash and drink a good amount of water every day in order to wash away bacteria and other debris.
If you are in the early stages of gingivitis, upping your oral health regime can help reverse it. You want to make certain you're using the right type of toothbrush, though. A hard toothbrush is going to irritate the gums, making them bleed even more than usual. This opens up numerous places for bacteria to get into the gums and infect them. Be sure you're only using a soft-bristled toothbrush.
Deal with Underlying Issues
Some health conditions such as diabetes can affect your body's ability to fight off infections. If you have one of these health conditions, you first need to tell us about it so we know. Second, you need to see the appropriate medical professional to get this condition under control. When you have better controlled diabetes, for example, your body is able to better fight off the bacteria that causes gum disease.
Have Regular Cleanings
Regular cleanings help remove bacteria, plaque, and debris from your mouth. They're an essential because even the most diligent people may not be able to get all of the bacteria out of their mouth. You need to come see us every six months so we can see if you are dealing with gum disease and help you reverse it.