Can I do Anything to Prevent Gum Disease?
Plaque starts to form on your teeth almost as soon as you stop brushing them and bacteria gets trapped on the teeth. Gum disease occurs as a result of the body trying to get rid of the bacteria. When the immune system releases substances to fight bacteria, the gums, alveolar bone and periodontal ligament can become damaged. Once this occurs, the gums can bleed and swell. These are the early signs of gum disease.
Steps to Prevent Gum Disease
The best things you can do to help prevent gum disease from occurring is practice good, daily oral hygiene and make regular visits to your dentist. In most cases, you should see a dentist twice a year. But if you already have gum disease or other serious issues, you may need to visit more frequently.
When you brush and floss regularly and correctly, you will get most of the plaque off of your teeth. Having a professional cleaning can also help control plaque, especially in the areas that are hard for a toothbrush to reach.
It is almost certain you will get gum disease if you fail to observe good oral hygiene or skip visits to the dentist. If you do not observe these two practices, plaque is going to build up on your teeth and eventually it will spread below the top of the gum line. This is where bacteria will be protected since the toothbrush will not be able to reach them.