3 Helpful Tips to Treat Gum Disease
Most adults experience gum disease at some point or other in their lives. If you suspect that you have gum disease because you’ve started to show some of the symptoms, your best bet is to visit a dentist as soon as possible to get it treated. That being said if you can’t visit a dentist anytime soon for whatever reason, there are some things that you can do to help treat mild gum disease (i.e. gingivitis):
- Step up your brushing and flossing
In most cases if you have gum disease it is likely because your brushing and flossing hasn’t been effective. As such you need to start making sure you brush and floss at least twice a day, and try to improve your technique when you do. The idea behind this is to get rid of any plaque that is on your teeth, which is probably what caused the gum disease in the first place.
- Try using mouthwash
Many of the mouthwashes that you can get over-the-counter come with antibacterial components which can help to combat gum disease. It is worth noting that mouthwash will also help you to deal with some of the symptoms of gum disease – most notably bad breath. Get into the habit of rinsing your mouth with mouthwash about 5 minutes before brushing, and you should notice an improvement.
- Reduce your sugar intake
Eating lots of sugar is generally a bad idea if you already have gum disease as it will make things even worse. As far as possible lay off sugary snacks, fizzy drinks, and other types of sweets – or at very least limit yourself to a snack a day at mealtimes. Sometimes the easiest way to lay off sugary snacks is by replacing them with an alternative that you enjoy but doesn’t contain as much sugar.
It is worth noting that if you have receding gums, pain, or start to lose any teeth then it is likely that your gum disease has progressed into something much more severe and is no longer just a mild gingivitis. If that is the case then it is extremely important that you visit a dentist as soon as possible, as it could affect your health and well-being in other ways too.
Nowadays getting gum disease treatments London isn’t difficult, and if you visit a dentist they’ll be able to treat it quickly and effectively. In fact odds are you’ll find it easier to have your gum disease treated by a dentist than it is to try to treat it yourself, as they’ll be able to quickly remove any plaque and bacteria from your teeth to arrest its development right there and then.