Caring for Your Gums

It is just as important to care for your gums as it is to care for your teeth, and there are many ways to do so. But, before we get into the gum care tips, let’s talk about gum disease. Gum disease affects the oral tissues, and if it’s not treated, it can become worse as time passes, resulting in loose and lost teeth. The signs of this oral disease include swollen or bleeding gums, receding gums, constant bad breath and loose teeth. Now, to prevent this disease and care for your gums, we encourage you to do the following:

Brush
Brushing your teeth is a very important task that should be done at least twice a day. Brushing removes the plaque that lives on your teeth and it reduces the chances of developing gum disease. So, use a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste and do your best to brush every morning and every night.

Floss
Flossing is a great way to care for your gums and reduce the risks associated with gum disease. When you floss, the plaque that is built up on your teeth is scraped away, which will keep your gums healthy and strong. You should floss at least once a day.

Rinse
Rinsing your mouth with mouthwash is another great way to care for your gums. If you rinse with anti-gingivitis mouthwash, your gums will be strengthened and nourished and the plaque on your teeth will be washed away, giving your gums the chance to survive. You should rinse at least once a day.

Visiting the dentist
It is strongly recommended that you visit your dentist every six months, and one of the main reasons why is to prevent gum disease. Even though you remove plaque from your smile everyday by brushing, flossing, and rinsing, the most successful and only way to completely remove plaque is by the techniques and tools provided by the dental office and team. During your cleaning, your hygienist or dentist will scrape the surfaces of your teeth with a special tool and will completely clean your entire smile. This is the best way to care for your gums and prevent gum disease.

If you would like to learn more about gum care, we invite you to call our office today. We are more than happy to teach you what we know!