Some of the most important ways to keep your mouth, teeth and gums healthy are:
1- Brush and clean between teeth with floss or interdental cleaner the way your dentist tells you to do.
2- Brush with only an ADA Accepted anti-gingivitis toothpaste and use a soft-bristled toothbrush.
3- Get regular professional dental cleanings. This is the only way to remove plaque that has built up and hardened into tartar. Your dental professional will clean or “scale” your teeth to remove the tartar above and below the gumline.
4- Left untreated, plaque and inflammation may lead to gingivitis. Untreated gingivitis may progress to periodontitis. Periodontitis may be associated with other diseases such as heart attack, stroke and diabetes.
5- Do not smoke cigarettes or use other forms of tobacco.
6- Get regular checkups. They are the best way to discover and treat early gum disease before it leads to a more serious problem.
Note: People with diabetes are more likely to develop gum disease and lose teeth.
Like all infections, gum disease may cause blood sugar to rise and make diabetes harder to control.