Great Home Care Makes a Difference
Gum disease begins when plaque builds up along and under the gum line. This plaque causes infections that hurt the gum and bone that hold teeth in place. Sometimes gum disease makes your gums tender and more likely to bleed. This problem, causing gingivitis, can often be fixed by daily brushing and flossing.
A more severe form of gum disease, called periodontitis, needs to be treated by a dentist or periodontist. If not treated, this infection can ruin the bones, gums and other tissues that support your teeth. Over time, your teeth may have to be removed.
To prevent gum disease:
- Brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste
- Floss once a day.
- Visit your dentist regularly for a checkup and cleaning.
- Eat a well-balanced diet.
- If you smoke, get help in quitting. Smoking puts you at increased risk for gum disease (along with many other health issues)>
-Source: National Institute on Aging