Scaling and root planing is used to address periodontal disease. Commonly called gum disease, it is caused by plaque accumulating on teeth surfaces. Some of this plaque makes its way into the gumline, where it prompts a response from the immune system. This leads to swelling of the gums and the deterioration of the structures…
Bacterial Plaque and Gum Disease Prevention Tips from a Periodontist
Looking for oral health care tips? A periodontist is a dental professional who understands everything that there is to know about preventing gum disease. This makes them a great resource for anyone who is in need of some beneficial tips for better oral health care.
Prevention is always recommended as it is much easier to prevent gum disease from occurring in the first place vs. treating the negative effects that come with being diagnosed with periodontal disease. No matter what your current state of periodontal health is, learning some new tips so you can experience improved oral health is always a good idea.
Periodontist vs. dentist
Wondering why you should see a periodontist vs. a general dentist? A periodontist is a dental professional who focuses on treating oral issues that are directly connected to periodontal disease. A short list of some of the more specific reasons why you should make an appointment with a periodontist is if you have red or inflamed gums, bleeding gums, receding gums, loose teeth, discomfort or pain and/or because you have noticed a change in your bite.
Bacterial plaque and gum disease prevention tips
The following is a list of tips from a periodontist that will help prevent dental patients from bacterial plaque accumulation and gum disease.
#1 – Avoid eating a lot of sweets
Sugary and sweet foods promote the growth of bacteria in the mouth, making it a good idea to avoid eating these types of foods as much as possible. If sugary or sweet foods are consumed, then rinsing the mouth with water as soon as possible after eating can help.
#2 – Eat lots of fruits and vegetables
Fruits and vegetables not only support a healthy body due to their nutritional qualities, but crunchy fruits and vegetables also help to remove any bacterial plaque buildup from the teeth. Fruit and vegetable are examples that support good oral health. Some of the best include apples, carrots, and celery.
#3 – Drink more water
Drinking a lot of water supports both good oral health and good overall body health. Since drinking sugary drinks, coffees and teas can harm the teeth, it is recommended to rinse the mouth with water immediately after consumption.
#4 – Use proper brushing techniques
Using proper brushing techniques is important to remove all tartar and plaque. The toothbrush should be held at a 45° angle and then gently moved back and forth using short and gentle strokes, which ensures that all parts of the tooth are covered.
#5 – Use proper flossing techniques
Using proper flossing techniques is important to remove tartar and plaque as well as any food particles in between the teeth. The floss first needs to be gently inserted in between the teeth. Then the floss needs to slide up each side of each tooth, allowing it to remove any existing plaque or tartar buildup.
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