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The Importance of an Effective At-Home Oral Care Routine

Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is a common problem for many patients. Caused by a buildup of plaque between the gums and teeth, the bacteria found in the plaque accumulate, irritating gums and gradually creating spaces between the teeth and tissue.  As untreated gum disease can cause begin weakening supportive gum tissue, proactive treatment as well as comprehensive oral health care are important steps to combating the spread of periodontal disease.

Consider adding the following steps to your at home oral care routine to protect your smile from gum disease:

Brush your teeth – A simple task that has been instilled in us, one wouldn’t think to brush after a meal as opposed to the traditional once in the morning and once at night. Brushing after meals removes food and plaque that can be trapped between teeth and gums. 

Brush your tongue – Not only does brushing your tongue freshen breath, bacteria love to occupy your tongue and can transfer to surrounding structures. Various tooth brushes have a dual head that includes a tongue scraper, making brushing your teeth and tongue convenient. 

Floss – A staple in every effective gum disease prevention advice, flossing helps remove food particles in places that are harder for your tooth brush to reach, such as between teeth and below the gum line. Doing this at least once a day can ensure your smile feels cleaner and breathe a bit fresher.

Use mouthwash – If you effectively brush your teeth, tongue, and floss twice a day, an extra step could be adding mouthwash to your at-home oral care routine. This can remove remaining food particles that brushing and flossing might have missed and also freshen breath. 

Risks – Periodontal disease can occur due to a number of factors. Your age and genetics play a big role in regards to the strength and health of your gums. External risks, such as diet and habits such as smoking can increase your susceptibility to periodontal disease. 

At Lifetime Dental, we believe it’s important to have a professional thoroughly examine your smile. Dr. Russell Thaler, our gum specialist, is committed to treating and caring for your gums and overall oral health. You can receive your annual comprehensive periodontal evaluation from our experienced periodontist, which includes an inspection of all teeth, gums, and jaw alignment, in addition to spotting signs of periodontal disease. Through early identification of issues, and an effective at-home oral care regimen, our team helps protect your smile from gum disease.

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