Infection of the gums, or periodontitis can have serious consequences. Not only will it affect your teeth, gums and bone structure, but the link between periodontal disease and trouble with the cardiovascular system has been determined by the medical community.

The basic habits of brushing and flossing after meals can get rid of the surface plaque that gathers on the teeth and turns to tartar, but once tartar forms the only way to remove it is with special dental tools.

You can cut your chances of being affected by periodontal disease by following a few recommendations. First, make a habit of brushing your teeth twice a day. It may be easier to remember to do if you set aside certain times of the day for brushing, and stick to the routine. Plaque can also accumulate on your tongue, so brush there too. If circumstances make it impossible to brush, at least rinse with water after you eat to wash away food particles.

It may seem that flossing should come before brushing, but actually the opposite is true. The purpose of flossing is to get in between the teeth to reach any foodstuffs that your toothbrush missed. Be sure to floss once a day.

Make dental appointments at regular intervals. Most people should see their dentist once every six months, but if you’re more prone to cavities or if you notice any bleeding when you brush or floss you may be more susceptible to gum disease. If this is the case, you may need more frequent cleanings to avoid the advanced stages of the disease.

Making the right food choices can clearly reduce the odds of developing gum disease. A healthy diet rich in vitamins A, C, and E will raise the level of your body’s resistance to bacteria. Don’t let yourself become dehydrated, drink plenty of water every day to produce enough saliva to wash away harmful bacteria. Dairy products and nuts are both good contributors to your good oral health.

Spokane Valley Dentistry is ready to serve the dental needs of all your family members. Call the office @ 509-926-6261.