6 Ways To Look After Gum Health

Posted by Sun-Park Dental Nov 27,2019

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Having good oral health isn't always about having a straight and bright smile. Patients often forget about their gum health, and seldom understand how important they are for overall dental health. Unhealthy gums don't cause pain, and hence, patients won't be able to figure out whether their gums are weak or not. 

What is gum disease?

Gum disease is a dental condition that causes infection to the tissues across the gum line. Dental impurities in the form of plaque and bacteria may settle like a film-like substance in the areas of the gum and bone. This can lead to minor to moderate gum disease and tooth decay. Signs of gingivitis are inflamed, tender, red, or swollen gums that are prone to bleeding or breakage.

Periodontitis is the advanced form of gum disease. It affects the bones, gums, and tissues that are attached to your teeth. The condition is preventable, and there are a few ways to keep them healthy and functioning.

1. Floss Your Teeth Regularly

Flossing is a part of regular oral hygiene. It is essential to floss your teeth at least once in a day. Flossing helps remove plaque in corners of teeth that regular brushing can't. 

2. Regular dental cleanings

Visiting your dentist often helps detect early gum disease. This helps treat symptoms before they become serious. Professional dental cleanings help remove tartar and other plaque. It's easier to get rid of moderate gum disease by brushing, flossing, and dental cleaning. 

3. Avoid smoking and tobacco

Smoking tobacco can aggravate gum disease as it weakens the immune system making it difficult to fight off gum disease.

4. Follow regular brushing

Brushing the oral cavity after every meal helps remove food particles and plaque stuck between teeth and gums. Scrub and brush your tongue as it helps remove bacteria. 

5. Using a fluoride toothpaste

Avoid chances of gingivitis by using fluoride toothpaste. Make sure to use a fluoride toothpaste to brush your teeth, cleanse your breath, and whiten your teeth.

6. Using a therapeutic mouthwash

Therapeutic mouthwashes are a great way to reduce the chances of plaque build-up, gingivitis, and the development of tartar. Mouthwashes help remove food particles, debris, etc. from the mouth. 

Learn more about the ways to take care of your gums at Sun-Park Dental, Rocklin. Request an appointment with us for your periodontal check-up. Call our office at 916 435 1155 or book an appointment online.

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