Some General Steps to Controlling Your Gum Disease

Visit your dentist for a professional dental exam and cleaning. In order for gum disease to settle, you will need to brush and floss.

Try to tie flossing and brushing to meal times or a time that is convenient for your schedule. Floss, then brush your teeth and tongue: (1) when you first wake up, (2) when you first return home from school or work (don’t come out of the bathroom until you do) and (3) 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 disturb the plaque and bacteria preventing it from sitting too long.

If you do this, advanced calculus (tartar) will never be able to attach to your teeth. I have heard many people say that they think twice a day is enough. Well, what happens if you miss one of those two times? The plaque living in bacteria will then begin to start to grow on the tooth surface in the next eight hours.

Ok, what if you brush at night, why do I 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.

It’s not hard to imagine why your gums become infected and bleed now, is it (especially if you do this day in and day out)? But remember that your oral hygiene is one part of gum disease. Bleeding gums and inflammation that occurs in the mouth likely happens elsewhere in the body as well.

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

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