You know the importance of healthy teeth. But, do you know how vital your gums are to good oral health? If you allow bacteria to infiltrate the gums, you could be setting yourself up for years of dental and other health problems!
Why Are Healthy Gums Important?
The gums are the stabilizing force for your teeth. Allowing your gums to become diseased puts all of your teeth at risk.
What Do Healthy Gums Look Like?
Take a good look at your gums. If they are healthy they should look like this:
- Firm, with no swelling
- Fit tightly around your teeth
- They should not easily bleed
If you notice bright red, bleeding, swollen or receding gums, be sure to see your dental professional right away – these are all signs of gum disease.
Who’s At Risk?
Everyone is at risk of developing gum disease. Research shows that more than half of the adult population already has some form of periodontal disease. But what puts you at the highest risk? Here are some things to look out for:
- Do you smoke? Smokers are at a much higher risk of developing gum disease
- Do you suffer from any medical conditions? People with diabetes, pregnant women, and anyone suffering from an auto-immune disease need to take special care of their gums
- Do you eat a sugary diet? Eating a lot of sweet snacks and drinks can set you up for oral health issues
What Can I Do To Keep My Gums Healthy?
If you are worried that you will succumb to gum diseases, then follow these helpful tips for good gum care:
- Brush Regularly: most dental professionals suggest brushing your teeth at least twice each day (in the morning and before bed).
- Ask your dentists or hygienist to show you proper brushing techniques: of course, simply brushing may not ward off gum disease if you aren’t doing it properly.
- Floss regularly: flossing helps to get to debris that may remain stuck in between your teeth. It can also work to scrape away plaque that could be building up along the gum line
- Rinse with a good mouthwash: mouthwash not only helps rinse debris from your gums but can help kill bacteria that may be working to infect the gums.
- Eat a well-balanced diet: eating healthy foods not only helps to build a better immune system (which can help you fight infection) but will help keep cavity-causing ingredients (like sugar) from infiltrating your teeth.
- See your dentist regularly: Scheduling dental visits every six months can help keep your gums free of plaque and bacteria. This will give you a better chance of warding off dangerous gum disease.
Schedule Your Visit Today
Keep your gums healthy by making an appointment with the professional staff at Brewery District Dental today.