Tips for fighting gum disease from your dentist Navan

Tuesday, 14th January, 2020

Maintaining a good oral care routine is the only way to keep your teeth and gums healthy as you get older. Not keeping up a strong routine can put your teeth at risk of cavities, inflammation, disease and the dreaded gingivitis.

Here are a few tips for keeping gum disease at bay from your dentist Navan.

Brush often

The first tip may sound pretty basic, but regular brushing of your teeth can have a huge impact on their longevity. Throughout your day, food particles, bacteria and plaque can build up between them and not regularly scrubbing this gunk out can lead to tartar forming which then eats away at the protective enamel layers of your teeth.

Ideally you should be giving your mouth a good scrub at least twice a day with a tooth and gum friendly toothpaste brand. To give your teeth a strong fighting chance at keeping bacteria and plaque at bay, why not brush after every snack as well?

Try an electric brush

Although a manual brush is great at shaking out any food bits stuck between your teeth, sadly there are going to be parts of your mouth that you can't quite reach with a manual brush. That's why you should consider using an electric version as their vibrating bristles and sonic technology can reach into those hard to hit spots much easier. 

An electric toothbrush is also worth a consideration for patients that are elderly or very young as they can often struggle with repetitive physical movement for extended periods of time.

At Navan Dental, our experienced team can provide you with a wide range of knowledge to help you improve your oral care routine.

Use dental floss

Using dental floss is definitely a must. This is because after you eat, food particles can become wedged or stuck between your teeth and unfortunately brushing is not going to remove these potential plaque breeding grounds.

Running a line of floss between your teeth after meals or snacks is a great way to keep your gums healthy and your teeth cavity free. 

Rinse often

Regularly rinsing with mouthwash can help sterilise your teeth and gums after you brush as well as kill off any bacteria that are causing your gums to become inflamed. Regular rinsing also removes bad breath odor and some brands can also strengthen the minerals inside your teeth to help them stay stronger for longer.

Schedule an appointment with your dentist

Last but not least, regularly scheduling an appointment with your dentist is a perfect way of keeping on top of the health of your teeth. Our team can monitor your overall progress as you get older as well as recommend treatments to sort out any problems that might crop up. If you're concerned about financing procedures, we also accept patients with Medical Cards.

So if you find the signs of gum disease starting to rear its ugly head, then just introduce a few of these changes into your daily oral care routine to try and stop it before it gets worse. If your symptoms still persist then contact your dentist immediately.

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