In our book, prevention is always better than cure. If you can keep gum disease at arm’s length, this will save you from suffering from unpleasant symptoms and it could even save your teeth. Gum disease is caused by harmful bacteria, but the risk of gum disease can also be increased by lifestyle factors and choices. Here are 3 things to avoid to prevent gum disease:
- Smoking: smoking increases the risk of gum disease because it reduces blood flow to the gums. Smoking also affects the body’s natural healing abilities, so if you have treatment, it can take longer to recover. Giving up smoking also has benefits for your teeth and your oral health in general. If you’d like help with trying to quit, our friendly team is here to provide advice and support.
- Poor oral hygiene: gum disease is often caused by plaque, which forms when food debris combines with bacteria and saliva. If you neglect brushing your teeth, the risk of plaque developing increases. Take care to brush twice a day, every day and to clean along the gum line. It’s also beneficial to use inter-dental brushes or floss. If you need any tips or advice about oral hygiene, don’t hesitate to get in touch.
- Sugar: research shows that many of us consume too much sugar. Sugar is harmful for the gums because when you eat sweet foods, bacteria in the mouth feed and this causes them to release acids. These acids attack the tooth enamel and irritate the gums, causing them to become sore and inflamed. You don’t have to cut out sugar from your diet completely, but moderate your intake and avoid sugary and acidic foods and drinks between meals.