Ways to Keep Your Gums Healthy
Posted by Parke Rogers Dentistry on Jan 7 2022, 09:24 AM
It's not only about how straight your teeth are or how dazzling your smile is when it comes to the health of your mouth. You mustn't forget about your gums! Even if you don't have any cavities, gum disease can still affect you. The most important thing you can do to prevent and treat gum disease is to maintain good dental hygiene.
At Parke & Rogers Dentistry in Woodlands, TX, our expert dentist not only delivers the best dental treatments you need but also important suggestions on how to keep your gums and teeth healthy.
What Is Gum Disease?
Gum disease is a bacterial infection that affects the gums and, in some cases, the bone surrounding a tooth. Gum disease symptoms range from moderate irritation (gingivitis) to severe infection (periodontitis). It's crucial to pay close attention to your gums because if you don't, your mouth will suffer.
Gum Disease Signs and Symptoms
- Gums that are swollen and painful
- Bleeding gums
- Redness of the gums
- Unpleasant breath or a persistent unpleasant taste in the mouth
- Receding gums
- Gaps in between your teeth
- Changes in the bite's alignment
Tips for Maintaining Healthy Gums
- Brush your teeth and gum line at the same time to get the best results.
- Checkups and cleanings should be scheduled at least twice a year.
- If your gums are bleeding, see your dentist immediately. Your dentist or dental assistant may undertake extensive cleaning techniques or administer antibiotics if you have periodontal disease. Surgery can be done to remove infected gum pockets if the infection has advanced.
- Change toothbrushes every three to four months, as they might promote gum disease.
- Use an antimicrobial mouthwash to clean your teeth.
- Report any changes in your overall health to your dentist, especially if you are pregnant, or have a disease like diabetes. You should take extra steps to protect your dental health in these situations.
- Avoid sugary snacks and beverages at all costs.
- Eat a healthy, well-balanced diet.
- Make every attempt to stop smoking if you do. Smoking increases your chances of developing plaque and tartar buildup. Severe periodontal disease is four times as likely in smokers than in nonsmokers.
To learn more about how to maintain your oral and gum health, contact Parke & Rogers Dentistry by calling (281) 419-2632 or visiting us at 9191 Pinecroft Dr STE 270, The Woodlands, TX 77380.