What Can I Do to Prevent Periodontal (Gum) Disease?
By far, the number one thing you and your family can do to prevent gum disease is to brush and floss regularly. It is important to brush properly using a soft-bristled toothbrush. Be sure to reach into every nook and cranny in your mouth.
Using a hard toothbrush and/or overbrushing (brushing with too much pressure) could actually do more harm than good. When in doubt, talk to your friendly dental hygienist at Downey Dental Arts, and they will show you proper brushing and flossing techniques.
A water pick can also be a helpful tool for people who don’t like flossing so much, although we still think you should floss regularly as well.
How Can Diet and Nutrition Prevent Periodontal (Gum) Disease?
What you eat can make a huge difference in the health of your teeth and gums. If you eat a ton of sugary sweets, snacks, candy, junk food, and soft drinks, you are basically feeding the bacteria in your mouth. These poor diets also can weaken the immune system, making you more prone to infection. Being nutrient-deficient can also make you more prone to gum disease. Conversely, vitamins and minerals such as vitamin C can help keep your teeth and gums healthy.