When it comes to your oral health, we tend to focus on only the teeth and often bypass our gums. Just because your teeth are free of cavities does not exclude you from gum disease. Gums are just as important as the teeth they house. Gum disease can happen to anyone if they are not vigilant with their oral health care. Gingivitis can creep up on even the whitest, brightest, straightest teeth. 

When it comes to your oral health, we tend to focus on only the teeth and often bypass our gums. Just because your teeth are free of cavities does not exclude you from gum disease. Gums are just as important as the teeth they house. Gum disease can happen to anyone if they are not vigilant with their oral health care. Gingivitis can creep up on even the whitest, brightest, straightest teeth. 

Gum disease begins with plaque that builds up along the gum line. Plaque is a thin, sticky, film-like substance that embeds itself between your teeth. It also is the leading cause of the earliest stage of gum disease, gingivitis. Thankfully, the damage is reversible at this stage.  

Signs of gingivitis are:

  • Tender gums
  • Bleeding gums
  • Swollen gums
  • Red gums 

You can also develop periodontitis which is an advanced form of gum disease. If left untreated, it can ruin the tissue, gums, and bones connected to your teeth. Once periodontitis advances more, the bone supporting your teeth becomes destroyed. It may impact the way you talk, bite down, and chew. Your teeth may become loose and fall out or may need to be removed. 

Signs of gum disease are:

  •  Bad breath
  • Gums that easily bleed
  • Gums that are red, tender, or swollen
  •  Gums that are separated from your teeth
  • Loose teeth

 

While some instances may cause lasting effects, gum disease is still preventable. With a few of these tips, your gums will be restored back to good health in no time. 

Floss

Never skip out on flossing your teeth. Flossing reaches areas your toothbrush simply cannot. It removes plaque from between your teeth. If you notice plaque is still between your teeth no matter how many times you floss, it may be tartar and that will need to be removed by your dentist.  

Don’t skip out on the dental cleanings

With regular visits, your dentist will be able to detect early signs of gum disease. Once the symptoms are detected, it can be treated before it progresses. If you have tartar, it will be removed by a professional cleaning during this time. 

Keep Your Brushing Routine

Brush twice a day for at least two minutes. Brush after each meal if you can. This will help reduce plaque buildup. Do not forget to brush your tongue. The tongue also carries bacteria that can multiply quickly if not scrubbed correctly. Brush your tongue in a downward position. 

Use Toothpaste with Fluoride

Be sure to choose a toothpaste that contains fluoride in it. Fluoride helps fight cavities and help repairs enamel by replenishing minerals that have been lost due to wear and tear of the teeth.  

Be sure to continue maintaining a good oral hygiene routine that will keep your teeth healthy. If you believe you are suffering from gingivitis or gum disease, please call us now at (772)286-1606 to schedule an appointment.