Easy Ways You Can Reduce Your Risk of Gum Disease

Gingivitis is often seen in general dentistry and is the earliest stage of gum disease. Gingivitis is often reversible, but when left untreated, it can progress to periodontal disease and lead to bone and tooth loss. The following are some easy ways that you can reduce your risk for gum disease and gingivitis:

Practice Good Oral Hygiene

Gingivitis starts to develop when plaque, which is made up of bacteria, accumulates on teeth. This buildup can get below the gum line and irritate and infect the gum tissue, causing it to become tender and inflamed. Flossing your teeth once per day, brushing your teeth twice per day, and seeing your dentist regularly for dental cleanings and checkups are some of the best things that you can do to reduce your risk of gum disease.

Remain Vigilant

Recognizing the early signs of gum disease and taking measures to halt its progress is essential for protecting your teeth and gums from the damage that this condition can cause. If your gums bleed easily when you floss or brush or are red, tender, or swollen, then speak with your dentist.

Control Diabetes

If you have diabetes, then you are at a greater risk for developing gum disease than people without this condition. This is because more volatile blood sugar levels can affect the health of your gums and their ability to fight off infection. For this reason, dentists encourage their patients with diabetes to control their condition and manage their blood sugar levels to help protect their mouth from periodontal disease.

Quit Smoking

While this way of reducing your risk of gum disease may not be as easy as others, the results that quitting smoking can offer are well worth the effort. Cigarette smoking is a significant risk factor for periodontal disease and increases your risk for a broad range of other health conditions.

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