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The Ritchie Dental Group Guide To Preventing Gum Disease

gum disease Marble Falls

Hearing that you have gum disease can be upsetting, and really take you off-guard. Its progression is slow, and usually painless. Gum disease is a leading cause of tooth loss, so at Ritchie Dental Group in Marble Falls and Brady, TX, it’s something we take very seriously.

What can you do to prevent gum disease? The best thing you can do is to take good care of your teeth and gums. That means brushing and flossing your teeth every day – twice a day, in fact – and seeing us regularly for a professional cleaning and checkup.

Brush at least two minutes; three is even better. Use a timer if it helps.

  • Use a light touch. Don’t brush too hard; this can actually damage teeth and gums. Think of it more as massaging. Be sure to brush along your gumline. This is very important, because plaque accumulates there.
  • Use a soft-bristle toothbrush. Like brushing too hard, hard bristles can damage teeth and gums. Use a fluoridated toothpaste.
  • Floss at least once each day. There are lots of types of dental floss available. Choose whichever type you like; just be sure to use it. Once a day is enough for most people. Between meals, you might think about carrying inter-dental cleaners in your purse, briefcase, or backpack. Do not use toothpicks, though.

A mouth rinse can help, too. It is, of course, no substitute for brushing and flossing, but a rinse can further reduce plaque.

A few other things you can do:

  • Don’t smoke. Tobacco contributes to gum disease, and to cancer too. That includes e-cigarettes.
  • Eat a healthy diet. Nutrients like vitamins A andC help prevent gum disease. Avoid, or at least minimize, sugary and starchy foods.
  • Avoid certain medications. Antidepressants,and oral contraceptives can aggravate gum disease. Ask your prescribing doctor.

At Ritchie Dental Group in Marble Falls and Brady, TX, we want all our patients to enjoy healthy teeth and gums. Patients from Burnet, Kingsland, and Meadowlakes come to us for general and restorative dentistry, and trust us with their dental health. Call to schedule your next cleaning and checkup today!

Contact Ritchie Dental Group:


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Ritchie Dental Group – Marble Falls
1000 Marble Heights Dr
Marble Falls, TX 78654

Ritchie Dental Group – Brady
2001 Nine Rd
Brady, TX 76825

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