If you´re wondering what you can do to try and control gum disease and reduce the risk of bone loss around your teeth, good news, there is plenty that you can do on your own, that will make a huge difference.
- The most important part of dental care is to brush and floss or use interdental brushes only the teeth you want to keep!
- Our Diabetes Dental team advises it´s better to take your time cleaning your teeth twice a day (morning and night) rather than doing quick brush around three times a day. The routine of brushing should take on average 3 minutes, and flossing or using your interdental brushes could take up to 1-2 minutes.
- It is important that you take good care of brushing the part of the tooth that is next to the gum. And that you spend time cleaning each tooth on the outside and the inside. Very often we see patients that don´t spend enough time cleaning the surface of the tooth that looks towards the tongue and palate, and consequently these are the areas that often have more periodontal damage.
- When you use your interdental brushes, make sure you use the larger one that fits the space, so that it´s snug fit. Otherwise you won´t be making the most of them. You should also keep going on to the last tooth at the back of your mouth- not just do the ones further to the front, which are easier to access!
- Remember food particles left between your teeth will break down and become acidic. Food does not have to be sugary or sweet to cause a cavity or form dental plaque. And plaque can be invisible and unnoticeable, therefore you´re better off cleaning in between your teeth even if you don´t think you have food particles in between your teeth.
- If you have dental implants replacing missing teeth, you should be able to clean in between them as if they were normal teeth. If you can´t or you don´t actually know which one is a tooth and which one is a dental implant, then please come to the clinic for a dental check up and we will show you the best way to avoid gum disease and bone loss around implants, something called peri-implantitis.
- Gum disease can reach an advanced and serious stage before you feel any pain or notice any bleeding during brushing that´s why regular dental checkups are important. In the fight to control and stop gum disease from advancing, the time between dental visits should not exceed three months.
- Periodontists (gum disease specialists) have discovered that if you wait longer than 90 days between professional cleanings, a worsening of periodontal (gum) disease occurs because the bacteria become more damaging to the gums surrounding your teeth.