- BRUSH YOUR TEETH
- Basic oral hygiene is always the first line of defense against gum disease. Brushing two minutes twice daily and flossing reduce the naturally occurring bacterial plaque, which leads to the build up of tartar. Together, plaque and tartar lead to the painful symptoms of gum disease.
- STOP SMOKING
- Smoking is a major risk factor for gum disease. The risk of getting gum disease is SEVEN times greater in a smoker as compared to a non-smoker!
- EAT RIGHT
- Gingivitis is a bacterial infection, and a strong immune system helps fight it. Many nutrients are essential for a well-functioning immune system. For example, eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, such as citrus fruit, broccoli, and strawberries for their vitamin C, which is an antioxidant. Vitamin E, which is another antioxidant, is in nuts, plant-based oils, and wheat germ.
- MAINTAIN REGULAR CLEANINGS & EXAMS
- Having regular check-ups and cleanings are the best ways to detect early signs of gum disease that may otherwise go undetected.
- EARLY DETECTION IS THE KEY
- Knowing the symptoms of early gum disease is crucial in early detection. The symptoms may include sensitivity while brushing, sensitivity while eating hot, cold, or sugary foods, painful and bleeding gums, or loose teeth. Bad breath without cause is another possible symptom.
If you have any other questions about the "FIVE," or are in need of an appointment, call our office at 918-455-0123!