It’s no secret that brushing your teeth twice and flossing at least once every day are the cornerstones of preventing most common dental diseases. Yet, even patients who diligently stick to that routine may find themselves faced with a developing issue, such as gum disease, and the need to address it. The reason is often because of inconsistency. It only takes skipping one session with your toothbrush for harmful oral bacteria to build a presence on your teeth. For patients in Encinitas/San Diego, gum disease can also occur because they don’t realize how to brush and floss with the goal of preventing it in mind.
Don’t forget to clean your gum line
Gum disease begins when oral bacteria infect your gum tissues, which happens when enough bacteria-rich plaque accumulates along your gum line. When you brush your teeth, it’s important to take special care to brush plaque and food particles specifically off of your gum line. Angle your toothbrush so that the edge comfortably fits where your gums meet your teeth, then carefully brush all along your gums.
Floss every day, without fail
Besides brushing your gum lines, flossing is also vital to stopping oral bacteria from becoming a problem. Your toothbrush can only do so much, and the bacteria that rest between your teeth can be enough to cause gum disease even if you routinely clean the rest of your gum line. For optimal results, floss at least once each day, preferably before going to bed.
Rinse with anti-bacterial mouthwash
For an additional boost against harmful oral bacteria, ask your dentist or periodontal specialist to recommend an appropriate anti-bacterial mouthwash. The addition of an antiseptic rinse will boost your hygiene routine’s ability to stop bacteria from overwhelming your gums, significantly reducing your risks of developing gum disease in the future.
Learn How to Protect Your Smile from Gum Disease
Preventing and treating gum disease can require a variety of treatments depending on your specific needs, but your hygiene routine will always play a vital role. For more information, schedule a consultation with Dr. Kania by calling her periodontal office in Encinitas/San Diego, CA, at (760) 642-0711.