When plaque infects the gum tissue, it causes gum disease. This condition can damage gum and bone tissue, resulting in tooth loss. The best treatment for gum disease is preventing it from developing in the first place. Prevent gum disease by:
- Brushing Your Teeth: Plaque can be cleaned off of teeth through brushing. Make sure you brush your teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste.
- Flossing Your Teeth: Plaque can infect the gums between teeth just like anywhere else on your teeth. Clean between your pearly whites by flossing daily.
- Visit Your Dentist: Because gum disease is often painless it can be difficult to tell if you have it or not. This is why regular check-ups with your dentist are imperative, because they can tell if gum disease is developing. Your dentist will also give you a professional cleaning, getting rid of tartar (hardened plaque that cannot normally be brushed off of teeth).
- Good Diet: Plaque bacteria feed on the sugars in foods. Keeping a healthy diet can prevent an excess of plaque from developing.
- Quit Smoking: Tobacco use (from both chewing and smoking) has been found to be a risk factor of gum disease.
- Control Blood Sugar: Diabetics are more likely to develop gum disease because they have a weaker immune system. Maintaining healthy blood sugar levels can keep the mouth healthy as well.