Working all day at the office, cooking dinner, and taking your child to soccer practice would fill up any mom’s busy schedule. We understand that the last thing on your mind is oral care.
That’s what we’re here for! At My Family Dentistry, we want you to know how to detect gum disease early, so it won’t get in the way of your daily routine. Gum disease or gingivitis is a common problem that can cause your gums to become inflamed and bleed, especially when you brush or floss.
When left untreated, it can eventually lead to gum recession, tooth loss, and has been linked to chronic conditions like diabetes and heart disease.
What Causes Gum Disease?
It’s caused by food debris that mixes with saliva and plaque, sticking to your teeth. If this isn’t removed by brushing and flossing, it can form tartar which is filled with harmful bacteria like plaque. It can only be removed by a professional cleaning.
Over time, the bacteria in plaque and tartar can infect your gums. So, here are some simple, effective ways to help busy moms like you prevent gum disease:
It’s important to know which dental problems can occur during pregnancy. Fortunately for busy moms, a little prevention can go a long way. Even if you might become pregnant again, knowing how to detect the signs can help you prevent gum disease early.
Remember, due to hormonal changes pregnant women have an increased risk of developing gingivitis, which has been linked to premature birth!
Brush at Least Twice a Day
Use a fluoride toothpaste, and make sure you and your family are brushing thoroughly, for at least two or three minutes. Don’t forget to brush along your gum line and also brush your tongue, since it can trap bacteria.
Make sure to rinse your toothbrush with water when you’ve finished and replace all toothbrushes in your home every one to three months.
Mouthwash should be used in addition to–not as a substitute for–brushing and flossing. An antimicrobial mouthwash will help reduce plaque, and if it contains fluoride, it will also help protect against cavities.
This removes food particles and plaque that can become trapped between your teeth and along your gum line. If you have trouble using regular floss, try a floss holder or other device to help make it easier.
Eating a well-balanced diet is not only good for your family’s general well-being–it’s also good for oral health. A healthy diet that includes enough vitamin A and C will help maintain good dental health.
When you use artificial sweeteners or eat sugary, starchy foods, there’s an increase in plaque. Eat these in moderation! Drinking water also makes sure you’re producing enough saliva, which helps wash away food debris and plaque.
Receive Regular Dental Care
Regular dental cleanings and care can help reduce the risk of developing problems. Try and set aside some time in your busy schedule for the whole family to visit the dentist.
It can also ensure that any issues are caught and addressed in the earliest stages, before they can cause more damage and become more difficult to treat. Gum disease can cause significant problems, especially when it’s left untreated.
Got some free time this week? Make an appointment today!