Gum Disease: 3 Things To Avoid

3stampwhiteWhen it comes to avoiding any type of oral health concern, patients immediately want to know what they should do and shouldn’t do. If you know anything about gum disease, you know that you should take care of your smile and keep it as free of plaque and food particles as you can. However, you might be a little unsure about what you should be avoiding as you do your best to protect your gum tissue. We have a few helpful recommendations.

#1: Tobacco

Avoid tobacco. Whether it’s cigarettes, chewing tobacco, or other forms of this substance, it’s best to stay away from it altogether. It can increase your chance of experiencing gum disease, even if you’re brushing and flossing. It can also promote other oral health problems (oral cancer, for example).

#2: Laziness

Ah yes, it’s quite a generalization but it tends to cover all important bases when we’re discussing things you should avoid if you want to keep gum disease from happening to you. When we talk about laziness being a factor, we are referring to your dental care habits. If you brush, floss, and schedule your care as suggested, you’re taking the necessary steps to protect your gums. If not, periodontal problems are likely on the horizon.

#3: Dry Mouth

Did you know that suffering from dry mouth encourages problems like gum disease and cavities? This is because you need saliva to rinse plaque, bacteria, and food away. Otherwise, the likelihood of gum inflammation rises. Drink more water, treat allergies, check medication side effects to address the issue. Then, let us know if it persists, so we can help.