Gum disease is actually very easily preventable with good at-home oral health care and regular visits to your Winston-Salem dentist. Many times, gum disease happens because of poor oral hygiene or neglecting to keep your dental cleaning appointments.
Your teeth and gums don't require a lot of complicated procedures to keep healthy; maintenance and care can be straightforward. By taking a few simple steps, you can significantly reduce your risk of having gum disease:
- Brush and floss your teeth every day
- Maintain your dental cleanings and exams with Dr. Jeffrey J Tibbs
- Ask Dr. Tibbs for any tips on proper brushing and flossing
- Let us know if you have a family history of gum disease
- Quit smoking and using tobacco products
- Eat good, healthy, nutritious food
- Drink plenty of water
Gum disease has been proven to link to your lungs and heart, so it's to your entire body's benefit that we avoid this oral health affliction.
Your gum health also plays a significant role in health disorders like diabetes, respiratory illnesses, Alzheimer's disease, even babies with low birthweights.
The First Step to Healthy Gums Is with Your Dentist
The problem with gum disease and many other dental issues is that they don't really announce themselves. Many diseases and infections carry few symptoms, so it's easy for patients to be lulled into thinking everything is fine. This erroneous thinking can even inspire patients to skip dental appointments.
We urge our patients to always maintain their scheduled appointments and to practice good oral habits at home.
We look forward to helping patients maintain a beautiful and healthy smile they can be proud of.