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Did you know that for half of the adults in the U.S. over the age of 30, gum disease is a common ailment? Unfortunately, this isn’t good. Especially because many dental procedures necessitate healthy gums to be successful? Orthodontics, dental implants, bridges, and partials, teeth whitening and dental veneers all require healthy gums.

Today we’re going to look at some things that contribute to gum disease and how you can fight it.

–Dental Plaque: this thick bacterial film is likely the major contributor to gum disease. You can keep it at bay by brushing twice a day, flossing daily, and seeing your dentist every six months to remove hardened plaque along and under the gumline.

–Balanced Diet: a diet loaded with vitamins, particularly vitamin C, protects your oral tissues. By limiting sweets and focusing on a balanced diet rich in vitamins and minerals can strengthen and protect your gums.

–Tobacco Use: using tobacco regularly invites gum disease by inhibiting the proper function of gum tissue cells and making you susceptible to oral cancer. Find a way to leave this habit behind to improve your oral health.

–Misalignment: if you have crooked or overlapping teeth, cleaning is difficult and bacteria can thrive. Clean those areas particularly well, and if you can align these areas, your gum health can improve.

–Medications: some side effects of medications can include insufficient saliva levels which let bacteria grow unchecked. Switching to a different medication may help, as well as staying hydrated and diligent with daily oral care.

By brushing and flossing every day, eating a balanced diet, and maintaining routine dental cleanings and exams can go a long way to ensuring healthier gums. To schedule a visit with our doctor, Dr. Naman B. Patel, please call Island Dental in Gilbert, Arizona, at 480-719-7941 today.