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How to Prevent Gum Disease

April 30, 2019

Prevent gum disease by maintaining a healthier smile. In short, gum disease is an inflammation of the gums due to poor dental hygiene. Fortunately, great dental health is easier to achieve than you may think. In fact, there are simple methods to help prevent the disease. Learn more below and contact us for a consultation.

What is Gum Disease?

Gum disease, or periodontal disease, is gum inflammation which occurs due to plaque and tartar buildup. Left untreated, the gum recedes and tooth loss is likely to occur. Essentially, plaque is a sticky bacterial film that adheres to teeth. It hardens to tartar when not removed. The issue with plaque is that it is always accumulating on our teeth. For this reason, taking preventive measures is crucial to prevent the disease.

Avoid an Unhealthy Diet

Diets high in sugar, starch, and acids produce more plaque and destroy tooth enamel. Instead, we recommend eating more vegetables and drinking water. Many crunchy veggies help to “scrub” away plaque, while water keeps the mouth hydrated.

Follow At-Home Dental Care

Brushing and flossing thoroughly is essential. This helps remove plaque daily if done properly. Therefore, brush at least twice a day and floss daily. Also, replace your brush every 3 months to assure the bristles are in great shape for cleaning.

Visit Us as Recommended

Most patients are recommended to have a dental exam and cleaning every 6 months. This allows us to detect issues early on and treat them right away. In addition, your dental cleaning allows us to effectively remove buildup. In other words, this dental care routine promotes a healthier smile while preventing gum disease.

Maintain a Healthier Smile

Understand how to prevent oral disease by scheduling a consultation today. Our team is ready to assist and answer any questions you may have. In fact, we are always accepting new patients and most insurances. Call (703) 962-4218 or book an appointment online. Moreover, our office is located at  3801 Fairfax Dr #54 Arlington, VA 22203.

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