Your gums are probably the most underappreciated parts of your mouth. While the teeth get all the praise and glory, the gums work hard behind the scenes to cover the bones of the mouth, hold the teeth in place, and create a protective barrier against bacteria. So, how do you show your gums that you appreciate them and incorporate them into your daily oral routine?
Well, the good news is if you already have a healthy oral care routine then you are already actively caring for your gums. If you do not currently have a daily routine, no worries, we are going to provide you with tips on how to care for your gums and teeth.
Why Is Gum Care Important?
Mild gum diseases are surprisingly common, almost half of adults over the age of 30 have experienced some form of gum disease. We know that “gum disease” sounds terrifying, but it is absolutely preventable with a consistent routine. We are going to go over what causes gum disease and what to look out for.
Gingivitis and Periodontitis
Gingivitis is caused by allowing plaque (a combination of mucus, bacteria, and food debris) to build up on the teeth. Plaque creates toxins that cause the gums to appear puffy and red. It isn’t necessarily painful and is extremely easy to ignore. Here are some symptoms you should keep a look out for when brushing and flossing your teeth.
Book an appointment if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms:
- Red gums
- Inflamed gums
- Bleeding gums
- Tooth pain or sensitivity
- Bad breath that doesn’t seem to go away
Gingivitis is preventable and curable, however, without treatment, it can weaken tooth enamel and evolve into periodontitis. Periodontitis is the major cause of tooth loss in adults and can increase in severity if left untreated.
How To Take Care Of Your Gums
Your first line of defense against gum disease starts at home with your daily oral care routine. A thorough routine that supports healthy gums and teeth should have the following steps included:
- Brush twice a day
- Floss at least once a day
- Use a fluoride toothpaste
- Use a therapeutic mouthwash
- Schedule regular dental cleanings
- Quit smoking, smoking has been linked to early onset gum disease
Prioritize Your Oral Care Today
When you care for your gums, you care for your overall health. Unhealthy gums can cause inflammation throughout your body, prevent you from eating healthy foods, and negatively impact your confidence.
Though your daily oral care routine is your first line of defense against gum diseases, we are your second line of support. Visiting Panorama Dental regularly ensures a thorough dental cleaning happens at least once a year and we can address any serious oral health issues early. Contact us today to schedule an appointment for the whole family.