Most people think about their teeth, when they think about their smiles. They want bright and shiny white teeth, so they go to great lengths to keep their teeth bright. In order to maintain a beautiful smile, though, it is just as important to care for one’s gum tissues. Yet many people overlook their gums’ care. This is likely why millions of Americans are estimated to suffer from gum disease, a chronic condition that can contribute to ongoing health problems, and eventually cause tooth loss, as well. Fortunately there are several steps you can take to help keep your whole smile healthy, including your gum tissue.
Could You Already Be Suffering from Gingivitis?
One incredibly simple way to help protect both your teeth and gums is by paying attention to it. In other words, if you notice any changes that could be indication of an oral health threat, it’s wise to speak with your dentist.
In the case of gingivitis, the first stage of gum disease, several symptoms are common.
- Chronic bad breath can be caused by bacteria buildup, the kind that can create cavities and also cause gingivitis
- Inflammation or gums that seem easily irritated (for instance, they might bleed when you floss) are other indicators of gingivitis
- The color of healthy gums is soft pink, so if your gums appear red or purple this is another potential indicator of gingigivitis
How to Protect Against Gum Disease
You can help to protect your gum tissue by flossing every day, either in the morning or in the evening. Flossing help to remove more bacteria than brushing alone, because it can reach the crevices between teeth where bristles simply cannot reach.
Of course, regular dental cleanings are also essential. You should visit the preventive dentist at least twice a year for key preventive care.
Want to Keep Your Whole Smile Healthy?
Preventive dentistry is key to keeping your whole smile healthy, including your gum tissue. You can call Lake Forest Dental Arts in Lake Forest, IL, today at 847-234-0517 to schedule a preventive cleaning.