You probably haven’t given much thought about your gums and everything they do for you on a daily basis. Your gums do some extraordinary things, from covering the bones of your mouth and holding your teeth in place to creating a protective barrier against bacteria they are truly the MVP of the mouth.
September is Gum Care Month and we believe gums deserve a little acknowledgment and extra appreciation this month. If you already have a daily oral care routine then you are actually already caring for your gums. However, if you are looking to enhance or refresh your routine then continue reading for tips on how to promote healthy gums.
Caring For Your Gums
You have likely experienced mild gum disease symptoms at some point in your life. As a matter of fact, half of the adults over the age of thirty have had gum disease. With it being so common, you may wonder how gum disease happens. Mild gum disease, such as gingivitis, is a result of plaque buildup on teeth. Plaque is composed of mucus, food debris, and bacteria and creates a breeding ground for toxins in the mouth. Symptoms include red gums, puffy gums, halitosis, bleeding gums, and tooth pain or sensitivity.
Gingivitis is preventable and curable with a consistent oral routine. However, if left untreated it can potentially evolve into periodontitis. Periodontitis is the major cause of tooth loss in adults and can increase in severity if left untreated. Symptoms include saggy gums, separating teeth, easily bleeding gums, and consistent bad breath or taste in the mouth.
Prevention Of Gum Disease
Caring for your gums goes hand in hand with your daily oral routine and is your first line of defense against gum disease. 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
Let’s Start Your Oral Health Routine Today
If any of the symptoms listed above persist for more than a week or you have concerns regarding your current state of oral health contact us today. We have a team of professionals ready to assist you with any questions you may have. Scheduling a dentist appointment is your first step to a lifetime commitment to your oral health.