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Gum disease prevention

Steps to prevent gum disease by Manish Bose

"I had a host of questions and Dr Bose answered them all with patience and understanding" - Mr RB BSc (Hons), MIET, CEng

The good news is that you can help prevent periodontal (gum) disease by taking good care of your teeth every day and having regular dental check-ups. Here's how to keep your teeth and gums healthy:

Brush your teeth well twice a day.

This removes the film of bacteria from the teeth. Be sure to use a soft-bristled toothbrush that is in good condition. Toothpastes and mouth rinses containing fluoride strengthen the teeth and help prevent decay. Choose products that bear the American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance, your assurance that they have met the ADA's standards for safety and effectiveness. The ADA reviews all advertising claims for any product bearing the Seal. The Seal on a product is an assurance for consumers and dentists against misleading or untrue statements concerning a product's safety and effectiveness.

Clean between your teeth every day

Cleaning between your teeth with floss or interdental cleaners removes bacteria and food particles from between the teeth, where a toothbrush can't reach. Early periodontal (gum) disease can often be reversed by daily brushing and flossing. If you use interdental cleaners, ask your dentist how to use them properly, to avoid injuring your gums.

Eat a balanced diet

Choose a variety of foods from the basic food groups, such as breads, cereals and other grain products, fruits, vegetables, meat, poultry and fish, and dairy products, such as milk, cheese and yogurt. Limit in between meal snacks.

Visit your dentist regularly

It is important to have regular dental checkups, and professional cleaning is essential to prevent periodontal diseases.

We at the Ikon Dental suite recommend the following for good oral hygiene:


What are Antimicrobial mouth rinses?

Antimicrobial mouth rinses and toothpastes reduce the bacterial count and inhibit bacterial activity in dental plaque, which can cause gingivitis, an early, reversible form of periodontal (gum) disease. Fluoride mouth rinses help reduce and prevent tooth decay. Clinical studies have demonstrated that use of a fluoride mouth rinse and fluoride toothpaste can provide extra protection against tooth decay over that provided by fluoride toothpaste alone. Fluoride mouth rinse is not recommended for children age six or younger because they may swallow the rinse. Consumers should always check the manufacturer’s label for precautions and age recommendations and talk with their dentist about the use of fluoride mouth rinse.

 

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