The Immune System Starts in the Mouth: How to Avoid Gum Disease

Taking care of your mouth, teeth and gums is important for more reasons than just keeping your smile looking great. Good dental hygiene can help prevent bad breath, tooth decay, and gum disease. It can also help you keep your teeth as you age. Most importantly, good oral hygiene can help prevent infections and perhaps even diseases throughout your whole body. 

The Importance of Oral Health

Did you know poor dental hygiene could lead not only to cavities and gum disease, but also heart disease, cancer and diabetes? In fact, some studies suggest the oral bacteria and inflammation associated with advanced gum disease (periodontitis) play a direct role in these diseases and conditions.

How to maintain good oral health and avoid gum disease

Here are a few easy ways you can maintain good oral health every day and avoid gum disease:

  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day
  • Floss regularly
  • Visit your dentist for regular check-ups and cleanings
  • Tell your dentist about any medical conditions you have or medications you take
  • Eat a well-balanced diet
  • Quit smoking

How to clean your teeth and gums

Follow these steps to keep your teeth and gums healthy:

  • Gently brush your teeth with a soft-bristled brush on all sides. Be sure to use a toothpaste with fluoride and replace your toothbrush every 4-6 months.
  • Brush using small circular motions and back and forth strokes.
  • Brush gently and carefully along your gum line.
  • Clean between your teeth with dental floss to remove plaque and food particles your toothbrush may have missed.
  • Rinse after flossing.

Now that you know how to avoid gum disease at home, be sure to schedule a checkup and cleaning with your dentist to keep your mouth as healthy as possible. The dentists and dental hygienists at Alpine Dental Health are ready to care for your dental needs in a safe and comfortable environment. Please see below to find a location near you.

Boulder Office – 2700 Canyon Blvd, Suite 210
Dr. Whitney Smith

Downtown Denver Office – 910 16th St. Mall, Suite 711
Dr. Barry Taller

West Fort Collins Office – 1015 S. Taft Hill Rd Taft Hill Office – Unit K
Dr. Seth Cowden

Downtown Fort Collins Office – College Ave Office950 S. Taft Hill Rd.
Dr. Mick McDill, Dr. Todd Rosenzweig, Dr. Mesa Roth

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