Gum Care Month
September is National Gum Care Month, making it the perfect time to learn about how important gums are to your health! This month we challenge you to give your gums a little extra love. With proper care, your teeth and gums can stay healthy throughout your life. The healthier your teeth and gums are, the less risk you have with gum disease. Gum care is just as important as tooth care when it comes to health. Gingivitis might develop if you don’t take good care of your teeth and gums. Gum disease is associate with heart disease, stroke, diabetes, RA, and more.
Did you know that approximately 64 million American adults suffer from some form of gum disease? Gum disease (aka gingivitis) can progress quite painlessly and over time, can lead to the destruction of gum tissue, the bone around your teeth, and eventually tooth loss. It is caused by plaque and tartar, promoting a bacterial infection in your gums. Signs to look out for are bleeding, red or puffy gums. Prevention is most important in fighting gum disease so make sure you stay on top of your brushing and flossing as well as regular professional cleanings to prevent plaque from accumulating!
Symptoms of gum disease may include:
Bleeding when you floss
Gum health is incredibly important and it’s something we closely monitor before, during, and after all our cosmetic cases. Want to know the best practices for optimal gum health? Brush (using a soft toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste) and floss daily, maintain a healthy diet, use a therapeutic mouthwash, and go to the dentist for regular dental check-ups and cleanings!
Let's all remember to keep our gums healthy by following these tips:⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Brush your teeth twice a day to help remove food particles and plaque trapped between your teeth and gums.
Floss regularly to prevent bacteria buildup in between your teeth.
Don't smoke! Smoking weakens the immune system and is closely associated with the onset of gum disease.
Use fluoride toothpaste. Fluoride helps keep gums healthy and strong.
Use a therapeutic mouthwash to help reduce plaque and prevent gingivitis.
See your dentist regularly for a dental cleaning or dental exam. This will help detect early symptoms of gum disease if there are any.
Happy Gum Care Month! When you care for your gums, you can protect yourself against tooth loss, and manage your overall health. For more information about properly caring for your gums, please call one of our offices or contact us online.