Utilize Proper Dental Hygiene to Fight Off Gum Disease

Do you notice bleeding when you brush or floss? Are your gums swollen and tender? This means you're experiencing the beginning stages of gum disease. Gum disease affects nearly half of all Americans, and it has a direct correlation to organ function and chronic illness.
There are simple steps to prevent gum disease and shield your teeth from further harm. With proper oral hygiene and consistent dental care, you'll have the healthy smile of your dreams. Keep reading to learn more tips from our dentist in South Beach, FL about protecting your smile against gum disease. 
Flossing Daily
Flossing prevents and removes plaque that builds on the surface of your teeth throughout the day. It also prevents cavities and gum disease from occurring. According to the American Dental Association, everyone should floss once per day to ensure that their smile is healthy. Plaque consists of food debris and bacteria that are left in your mouth throughout the day. This creates a film in your mouth that coats your teeth, gums, and tongue.
Brushing and flossing removes this film and prevents plaque from hardening. Plaque turns into tartar once hardened and then is only removed by our dentist in South Beach, FL. Professional dental cleanings by Dr. DelCastillo removes tartar and clean your teeth, but preventing tartar through daily flossing keeps your smile healthier for longer.
Brushing Properly
Gum disease is attributed to poor brushing technique. Brushing too hard or too quickly causes your gums to recede and become infected. Not brushing long enough makes the process ineffective and leaves decay in the areas you missed. Our dentist in South Beach, FL helps you understand proper brushing technique so that your teeth and gums stay healthy.
Patients should brush twice a day: once when they first wake up and again before they go to bed. Use a toothbrush with soft bristles to clean teeth without contributing to gum recession. Always use a fluoride toothpaste to protect your enamel from dental decay and bacteria.
Visiting Your Dentist Consistently
One of the best ways to ensure that your smile stays healthy is to visit our dentist every six months. Consistently receiving routine cleanings by Dr. DelCastillo keeps your smile healthy for months. A routine cleaning allows us to fully evaluate your teeth and gums to see if there are underlying oral health issues that may not be immediately visible. 
To learn more about preventing gum disease, visit our dentist in South Beach, FL. You can reach our office by calling us at (305) 535-3113 or by filling out a contact form directly on our website. We look forward to helping you achieve a healthier smile!
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