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Anyone you know who has lost teeth can probably credit their tooth loss to the effects of gum disease. This is a periodontal infection that can cause a variety of dental issues and impede your oral health in the long term. Our team offers a review on how you can avoid gum disease to prevent its damaging effects.

The development of gum disease is typically caused by plaque buildup that has not been treated and has led to the appearance of gingivitis in your smile. This periodontal condition causes gum irritation so that your gums appear red and swollen, and it can eventually turn into periodontitis and result in loose and lost teeth.

We recommend the following steps to avoid the development of gum disease:

1. Maintain an oral hygiene routine that is effective and removes plaque on a daily basis. Plaque is full of bacteria and can cause gum disease if not removed through oral hygiene habits such as brushing twice a day, flossing regularly and using an effective mouthwash to rinse your mouth.

2. Schedule dental checkups every six months to receive professional dental cleanings, which are the most effective way to prevent gum disease. The dental team uses special tools that fully remove all traces of plaque and tartar above and below the gum line.

3. Eat a diet that is healthy to improve your physical body and keep your teeth and gums fortified. The nutrients in healthy food aid in strong teeth to keep dental problems like gum disease at bay. We encourage you to eat lots of fruits and vegetables and avoid lots of starch and sugar in your diet.

To learn more about dental habits that can help you avoid gum disease in Tampa, Florida, contact Periodontal and Implant Esthetics at 813-289-3640 today. We invite you to schedule a consultation with our dentist, Dr. Gustavo Ruiz.