Periodontal disease (gum disease) affects millions of adults worldwide; however it is entirely preventable and treatable. Because it is so widespread, many adults do not even give a second thought to periodontal disease when they notice that they are spitting out blood into the sink every day, however gum disease can lead to painful abscesses and tooth loss.
Therefore, if you do spot any of the early signs of gum disease then you should act fast to treat your oral health issues whilst they are still in their early stages. Begin by contacting a New Image Dental a pain-free dentistry in Los Angeles.
Here are some of the ways that you can prevent or treat the early stages of periodontal disease.
How to Treat and Prevent Periodontal Disease
Brush Your Teeth Properly
You need to make sure that you brush your teeth properly, at least twice a day. It is best to brush them thoroughly once in the morning and once before you go to bed.
Some people prefer to brush their teeth after every meal, although you should always wait until at least one hour after eating until you brush it, as your teeth could be damaged if you do not wait for long enough. Use a small blob of toothpaste, and make sure that you brush for around 2 -3 minutes each time.
Ensure that you brush the teeth at the back as well as you brush the teeth that are easy reach. Make sure that you go over the tops, back and sides of your teeth. Spit out any excess toothpaste, but do not use mouthwash immediately afterwards, because this can interact with the active ingredients in the toothpaste and can prevent it from working properly.
If your dentist at New Image Dentistry advises you to use mouthwash, you can do so, but unless you have been told otherwise, you should wait for a while after brushing.
Floss at least once per day to help to clean between your teeth and around the top of your gums. Flossing with dental floss will safely remove dirt and help remove bacteria from areas which you cannot get to with your toothbrush. Do not floss with anything other than actual dental floss, or you could end up hurting your gums and encouraging infection.