Gum Disease Prevention

Gum disease is one of the major causes of tooth loss in adults and is strongly associated with heart related disease strokes and cancer. The toxins created in the mouth due to gum disease can also cause problems with the heart, such as blocked arteries. Dental plaque causes inflammation in the gums and regular dental checks are a way of preventing it. Generally, people who do not maintain proper oral hygiene are susceptible to gum disease and other illnesses.

Steps to prevent gum disease

  • You can easily stop gum disease by preventing plaque/tartar from building up on the teeth and gums. Using toothpaste that contains fluoride with an anti plaque agent and brushing twice a day will help prevent gum disease. Daily flossing is the single best method to remove any plaque between the teeth.
  • Antibacterial mouthwash can also protect your teeth and gums against disease. However, if you already have gum disease, then using an alcohol-based mouthwash can worsen the situation.
  • Sugar free chewing gum is also helpful, since it facilitates oral irrigation and helps remove small particles that get stuck between the teeth.
  • Dental checks can help to identify any current or potential gum disease, most importantly diseases that can cause mouth cancer or heart related diseases.

Preventing gum disease with the help of our hygienist is as important as curing it. Regularly following an effective oral health regime will help avoid most oral diseases.

If you would like to know more about gum disease, please feel free to contact our dental hygienists in Sligo and we will be glad to help.