When most people think about oral hygiene, brushing their teeth is the first thing that comes to mind. And while taking care of your teeth certainly is important, ensuring that your gums are healthy is just as essential! That said, you might not be sure how to properly clean and care for your gums. Keep reading to learn more about the significance of healthy gums, along with some ways for preventing gum disease and keeping your gums pink and pristine.
Why Gum Health Matters
Even if you have the cleanest and whitest teeth in the world, it’s all for naught if your gums aren’t healthy! Your gums are very important and keeping them healthy will stave off many different oral health problems such as gingivitis, the earliest stage of gum disease. Gingivitis can cause your gums to become swollen and prone to bleeding—and if left untreated, it can develop into periodontitis and pose a threat to your teeth.
Luckily, gum disease is both preventable and treatable, although catching it before it can progress further is crucial. According to the American Dental Association, these signs might indicate gum disease:
- Swollen, red, or tender gums.
- Gums that have pulled away from your teeth.
- Gums that easily bleed.
- Separating or loose permanent teeth.
- Consistently bad taste or breath.
How To Keep Your Gums Healthy
Since gum disease can pose a serious threat to your oral health and even your whole body, it’s important to take preventive measures to keep your gums in tiptop shape. Consider the following:
- Brush and floss daily – You should brush your teeth twice a day or after every meal; this removes food and plaque that’s trapped between your teeth and gums. Flossing is also instrumental in the removal of this debris—your floss can reach where your toothbrush can’t!
- Use a fluoride toothpaste – Certain toothpastes contain fluoride, which is a naturally occurring mineral with many positive health benefits that help your teeth and gums.
- Consider a therapeutic mouthwash – These are usually available over the counter, and can help reduce plaque, prevent gingivitis, and reduce the speed that tarter develops.
- Quit smoking – Smoking is terrible for your oral health, period. It’s strongly associated with gum disease since it weakens your immune system. It also reduces your gum’s ability to heal once they’re damaged.
- Visit your dentist regularly – Your dentist can detect early gum disease symptoms, but only if you visit them! Biannual checkups and cleanings can work wonders for your oral health and prevent gum disease and other problems from developing.
The next time you’re in the bathroom brushing your teeth, don’t forget about your gums! Their health matters too and keeping them vital will ensure that your mouth is pain and problem-free for the foreseeable future.
About the Practice
PeaksView Dental is proud to serve patients and families in the Bedford area! The practice houses an exceptional team of five dentists: Dr. Jay Owen, Dr. Rudy Wolf, Dr. Philip S. Walerko, Dr. Gwen Hooks, and Dr. David L. Polk! Their practice offers a wide range of available services including preventive, restorative, cosmetic options and more. If you have any questions about the article or would like to schedule a visit, feel free to reach out online or by phone: (540) 586-8106.