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Gum disease: Prevention is better than cure

Written by Admin |Updated : February 24, 2015 10:05 PM IST

The best way to keep gum disease at bay is good oral hygiene. In most cases it can be reversed by practising proper plaque control. Brush your teeth at least twice a day. Floss once or twice a day preferably after dinner. Flossing helps remove plaque from between your teeth, in areas that your toothbrush can't reach. Ask your dentist about the proper technique to brush and floss your teeth. If you have difficulty handling dental floss you may be recommended to use special devices like interdental brush, special toothpicks, water irrigation, etc. meant for cleaning areas between teeth. You can also use antiplaque toothpastes or mouth rinses which reduce bacteria that cause plaque and gum disease.

Have a well-balanced diet. A good diet helps your immune system fight infection. Folic acid, zinc and iron deficiencies can show up as gum disease. Eating foods rich in antioxidants like vitamin E and vitamin C help your body to restore damaged tissue.

Kick the butt. Gum disease is another reason to quit smoking. Smoking or using smokeless tobacco increases your risk of developing gum disease. Also, smoking delays wound healing and lowers the chances of treatment success.

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Reduce stress. During stress high levels of the hormone cortisol is produced, which wreaks havoc on your gums too. Grinding teeth at night during sleep (bruxism) is a stress-related habit which puts excess force on the supporting tissues of the teeth and destroys them.

Visit the dentist. Even after following all the tips mentioned above brushing and flossing well, sticking to a healthy diet, quitting smoking etc., you still need to visit your dentist once in six months. If the dentist recommends it, a professional cleaning or scaling may also be required during the visit. Your dentist will be able to check for conditions in the mouth that may put you at risk of gum disease. For example, an improper position of teeth becomes more prone to tartar deposits leading to gum disease. Faulty or irritating tooth fillings and dentures, etc.can be sources for collection of food debris which in turn causes gum disease. A partially impacted wisdom tooth could cause swelling and redness of the gum. Also, if you have a missing tooth, your dentist will advise you to get it replaced because the opposite and the adjacent teeth may get displaced into the empty space and cause gum problems.

Read more about causes, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of teeth grinding or bruxism.

Some people are more prone to severe gum disease because they may be genetically predisposed to develop gum disease. To better manage such condition the dentist may recommend more frequent check-ups and professional cleanings.

Read more about causes, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of stress.

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