Prevent Gum Disease

Written by Christa Gatewood
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In our busy lives, we often claim not to have time to take all of the preventative care measures that health professionals recommend. Many people don't go to the doctor for their yearly check-ups, they don't perform the self-exams that are recommended, and they don't visit the dentist regularly. Everyone should know that it is remarkably simple to prevent gum disease altogether. All one has to do is pay attention to oral care.

Visiting the Dentist Regularly Helps Prevent Gum Disease

Visiting the dentist regularly is an essential part of maintaining healthy teeth. Most dentists recommend visiting the dentist at least once a year for a cleaning and check up. For those with more high risk situations, like the beginning signs of gum disease, it is recommended for them to visit the dentist more frequently such as every six months. Children should also visit the dentist at least every six months.

At your regular dentist appointment you will get a cleaning by a hygienist. The hygienist will scrape off any tartar build-up on your teeth as well as clean plaque from below the gum line. No matter how well you brush or floss, you will not be able to clean your own teeth sufficiently without the help of a professional. The fact is that there are irregular areas in many teeth that prevent proper cleaning. Hygienists have special tools that allow them to clean these areas.

After your visit to the dentist your gums may be a little sore. This is particularly true if you have some form of gum disease. Rinsing with a warm water and salt solutions is recommended to soothe the gums and to help with swelling.

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