Gum disease – or periodontitis, as it’s formally called – is the leading cause of tooth loss among American adults. However, it’s also very easy to prevent. While some gum disease is hereditary and prevention isn’t as easy as it for others, there are still some steps you can take to protect your gums, teeth, and overall oral health.
The steps are very simple. Let’s look at a few of them.
Brush and floss regularly
Dr. Eric Eusebio reminds you to brush and floss so often because it not only helps your teeth last longer but also helps ensure that your gums are as healthy as possible.
Regular brushing and flossing removes plaque. If plaque is allowed to build up on your teeth, it turns into tartar, which causes gingivitis. That’s the first stage of gum disease, and if you don’t catch if early, you will face serious complications down the road.
Eat tooth-friendly foods
If your diet consists of foods that are high in sugar or acids, these can damage your enamel. If your enamel erodes consistently over time, that opens your teeth up to the risk of decay. Decaying teeth can also cause gum disease, due to the bacteria spread by dying teeth. A diet that includes foods that are known to improve oral health will work wonders to prevent gum disease.
If you need more help on learning to ward off gum disease, or want a gum disease screening to ensure you’re as healthy as possible, give us a call today at 619.482.1962 to schedule an appointment.