When it comes to a healthy mouth, we often think about our teeth. While it’s true that strong teeth are an integral part of optimum oral health, your gums also play a key role.
How do you know if your gums are healthy, though? And how can you get them in their best shape or treat gums that are lacking in health? Keep reading for more.
Gum health 101
Even if your teeth are completely cavity-free, you can still be subject to gum disease. In most cases, people do not even realize that their gums are suffering, which is why it is important to see your dentist regularly.
Signs that your gums may be in need of TLC may include redness, swelling or inflammation, bleeding and tender gums.
Gum disease begins when a buildup of plaque develops under the gumline. The sticky substance is bacteria filled and can cause teeth to decay. Gingivitis is the beginning stage of gum disease, which can typically be reversed. Periodontitis, on the other hand, is advanced gum disease and ruin not only the gums, but the bones and tissues surrounding the teeth.
The good news is gum disease can be prevented. Here’s how:
Daily flossing removes food and plaque beyond what your toothbrush can reach.
-Visit the dentist
Your bi-annual dental visits go a long way in detecting gum disease at an early stage and your cleaning also removes plaque that brushing or flossing may have missed.
Smoking is heavily related to gum disease and makes it more difficult to fight infection
-Brush twice a day at minimum
Brushing your teeth after meals removes food and plaque. And don’t forget to brush your tongue, which can also contain bacteria.
-Use fluoride toothpaste and a therapeutic mouthwash
Both can help prevent plaque and gingivitis as well as keep your mouth healthier.
Complete dental care in Birmingham, MI
Dr. Milan and his team of dental professionals are eager to help your mouth be its healthiest! As a leader in the industry for over 20 years, Dr. Milan is proud to offer a vast array of dental procedures that are not offered at every dentist office.
Not only is Birmingham Center for Cosmetic Dentistry your office for your six-month dental checkups and cleanings, but it is also your one-stop-shop for everything teeth and gum related.
From cosmetic dentistry to restorative dentistry to advanced dentistry and everything in between, we can restore your mouth to total health and beauty in no time.
Interested in learning more? Call us for your consultation.