Taking care of your teeth and maintaining good oral health is an ongoing combined effort on the part of you and your dental professional. Although there are some precautionary steps that you can take yourself to help prevent the onset of gum disease, you will also require the help of a dentist to efficiently prevent gum disease.
Preventing issues with your gums begins with what you do at home, but routine visits to your San Marcos dentist will help to ensure that you maintain a healthy mouth. Knowing the best way to take care of your oral health and doing so on a daily basis is the first step to preventing gum disease.
Listed below are 5 ways you can help prevent gum disease.
Gum disease is often painless and progresses very slowly, so most people are not immediately aware that they have an oral health problem during the initial stages. By the time that gum disease has been around long enough to make itself known, it has already progressed to the advanced stages which are far more difficult to get under control.
Regularly brushing your teeth and flossing is the first step in preventing dental plaque from accumulating inside your mouth and reducing your odds of developing gum disease. The best way to clean your teeth is to brush them with fluoride toothpaste for at least two minutes two or more times every day. It is also important for you to floss your teeth, which, when combined with effective tooth brushing techniques, helps to eliminate plaque from the places in your mouth that are difficult to reach.
While good oral hygiene should always be a priority in your day-to-day life, it is also important that you make regular appointments with your dentist to get regular tooth cleanings and check-ups, during which your dentist will be able to identify and signs of the early stages of gum disease.
Dentists are able to use tools that are much more efficient at eliminating tartar, as well as the bacteria that breed gum disease. Additionally, having regular check-ups allows your dentist to routinely observe your oral health and give him or her the opportunity to spot and prevent any dental issues before they become untreatable. Your dental professional is also able to develop a personalized oral health care regimen that you can use at home.
At McBride Dental, we want to help you and your family do everything possible to have and preserve healthy teeth and gums. By scheduling regular appointments with your California family dentist and practicing the oral care techniques we teach you, your whole family will easily maintain teeth that are healthy, strong, and effective.
The San Marcos offices of Dr. Michael McBride are staffed with reputable, professional San Diego dentists that are ready to address any concerns you may have regarding common dental procedures, as well as preventative, cosmetic, or restorative dentistry.
It is our job to help you and your family establish healthy dental habits to make sure that your teeth will always be there when you need them and your smile will always look great.
If you would like to schedule an appointment with a San Marcos dentist, please give us a call at (760) 471-1003 and speak with a trained member of our dental staff today.