Gum disease is a progressive dental problem that is estimated to affect nearly half of adults over the age of 30 in the United States today. This widespread dental disease can be responsible for tooth sensitivity, receding gums, and eventual tooth loss. Talk to your Tucson dentist for more information and personalized advice to help you maintain a healthier smile for life.

Brush and Floss Daily

Two of the simplest and most effective steps you can take to prevent gum disease are brushing and flossing every day. Brush your teeth twice a day using a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. In addition, you should floss your teeth at least once a day, making sure to clean not only between adjacent teeth, but behind your back molars as well. These two simple daily oral hygiene tasks will remove food debris and bacteria from the teeth; these oral bacteria are the underlying cause of gum disease. Furthermore, studies have shown that brushing and flossing together are far more effective than performing one task without the other.

Visit Your Dentist Regularly

Even if you brush and floss every day, you need to visit your dentist twice a year for a checkup and cleaning. During a checkup, your dentist will examine your teeth and gums for early signs of gum disease. In its earliest stages, gum disease may not present noticeable symptoms; however, it is also easiest to treat gum disease in its early stages, before it causes permanent damage to your gums, teeth, and jaws. Additionally, a professional dental cleaning will address hardened tartar on your teeth, which cannot be removed by any amount of brushing and flossing. If it is not removed, tartar will continue to irritate the gums, causing inflammation and gum disease.

Robert C. Brei, DDS is pleased to offer preventive, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry services in Tucson. Dr. Brei is an experienced and friendly dentist dedicated to helping you maintain excellent dental health. Contact our office by calling (520) 325-9000 or visit us online to check out our patient forms and resources.