Overall dental and oral health doesn’t start or end with your teeth. Your gums are equally important not only for the development of the teeth but also for your overall health. There are chances that your teeth are in the great shape and you may not see any symptoms, but the fact is that most people don’t realize when they have problem with their gums – at least, in the beginning.
The problem with your gums starts when plaque begins to build up under the gum line. Plaque is sticky, and full of bacteria and if it is left unnoticed, an infection in the gums can spread to the bone resulting in gum disease, tooth decay, and more.
Gingivitis is the earliest stage of gum disease in which only gums are affected. During the early stages, if any damage is done, it can be reversed with treatment and proper hygiene. Symptoms of gingivitis are;
• Red, tender, and swollen,
• Bleed easily when brushing or flossing,
Periodontitis is the next stage of gum disease in which jaw bones are also affected. If the affected bones are not treated on time, it can lead to permanent damage to gums, bones, and other tissues. Symptoms of periodontitis are:
• A persistent bad taste in your mouth, and bad breath,
• Loosened teeth,
• Gums that bleed easily,
• Gums that are red, swollen, and tender,
• Gums that are pulling away from your teeth.
Tips to Keep Your Gums Healthy
Brush Twice a Day: Don’t forget to brush your teeth twice a day for at least two minutes each time. Brushing your teeth cleans your mouth, removes food and plaque from the teeth and gums. Moreover, do not forget to brush your tongue, which can also be home to bacteria.
Floss Once a Day: Flossing is also an important part of everyday oral care, especially if you have irregular or crooked teeth. Flossing will help keep the area between teeth clean, and avoid plaque buildup and irritation.
Periodic Dental Cleaning: Visit your family dentist for periodic dental cleaning. Even if you are diligent, you cannot afford to miss the presence of plaque in your mouth, which then becomes hard and turns into tartar, which irritates the gums. A professional teeth cleaning is the only way to safely remove tartar. Visit your dentist every six to eight months.
Eat Healthy Food: There are some food items that are not good for your oral health, and you should avoid the consumption of such food items. Avoid sugary processed foods and drinks that promote bacteria growth and tooth decay. Many snacks, such as chips and crackers, can also stick to your teeth. Foods high in vitamin C are also very beneficial to your gums.
Use Dentist Approved Mouthwash: The ADA (American Dental Association) recognizes several therapeutic mouthwashes that are generally available over the counter. A therapeutic or antibacterial rinse can help you clean areas of the mouth that a toothbrush doesn’t reach, and help reduce plaque and prevent gingivitis. Use it two or three times a week.
If you require any advice on your gums or any aspect of oral health, dentists at SmilePerfectors are the right person to ask. You’ll find the perfect answers and treatment solutions to all your questions related to gum diseases.
If you’re looking for a well-regarded and highly skilled dentist in Tysons Corner, make an appointment with Dr. Jason Favagehi by calling (703) 356-1200. Visit our website (http://www.smileperfectors.com) to learn more about our dental services.