Gingivitis is one of the most common and widespread preventable conditions in the world. It’s estimated that around half of all adults have some form of the disease, which is most commonly caused by a build-up of plaque around the gums.
Although highly common, gingivitis is nonetheless painful, uncomfortable and dangerous to live with. Untreated gingivitis can often cause severe oral abscesses, tooth loss, and even heart conditions. Therefore, working to actively prevent gingivitis should always be a priority.
Fortunately, doing so is simple, cost-effective and takes very little time out of your daily routine. Here are five everyday ways that you can prevent gingivitis.
Gingivitis is most dangerous when left unchecked. This is when it can evolve into periodontal disease, which is considerably more severe and painful. So you should always be alert for the early warning signs of gingivitis and catch it as early as possible.
If you don’t know how to tell if you have gum disease, there are a few simple things to look out for. If you generally have red, swollen gums or are noticing blood whenever you brush your teeth or floss, you may have gum disease.
Also, take time to check the bathroom mirror, and see if you’re suffering from receded gums, or pockets of plaque in between your teeth. Similarly, recurring bad breath is also a very common symptoms.
Practice Good Oral Hygiene
This is an obvious one, but can simply not be overstated enough. The key to gingivitis prevention is good oral hygiene, and this involves a number of things.
First, make sure you’re using an antibacterial mouthwash, and are brushing twice a day, preferably with an electric toothbrush. Also, remember to floss regularly.
Make sure your brushing technique is right and never eat after brushing your teeth before bed.
Prevent Gingivitis and Stay Healthy
Gingivitis, like many other body infections, is strongly linked to your overall health and wellbeing.
Healthy people are less unlikely to contract gingivitis, so ensure you have a balanced, nutritious diet and stay hydrated to prevent gum disease. Ensuring you get the recommended hours of sleep per night (7-9 hours for adults) is also strongly linked with gingivitis prevention.
Ditch Bad Habits
This is strongly linked to maintaining overall health, but there are a few habits you may have which could trigger gingivitis if left unchecked. Smoking is a major contributor to gum disease and is very difficult to protect against, so it’s vital to quit now.
Similarly, avoid sugary and acidic foods which will weaken your gums, including alcohol and fruit juice. It also helps to wait a while after eating (at least an hour) before brushing your teeth.
Consult with a Dentist
How do you know if you have gum disease? The most sure-fire way to know is for a dentist to tell you.
Make sure you’re visiting the dentist regularly, as they’ll be able to track your gum health and keep you on the right track.
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