Most people think of their teeth, when they think about healthy and beautiful smiles. But where would your teeth be without healthy gums to support them? Your gums’ health is imperative to maintaining a lovely smile as you age, so make sure you are doing all you can to protect both your teeth and gums through proper preventive care. From your daily hygiene routine to regular preventive checkups, are you taking good care of your gums?
Make Sure Your Daily Hygiene Routine Is Sufficient
Daily tooth brushing is important to keeping your teeth cavity-free, and your gums healthy. However, flossing is also essential to maintaining great oral health. That is because brushing regularly leaves bacteria and food particles behind, stuck between teeth where the toothbrush’s bristles are unable to reach. Flossing, however, is able to reach between the teeth, helping to remove more harmful plaque bacteria.
Attend Regular Checkups and Cleanings
Routine dental visits are also essential to keeping the teeth and gums healthy for the long-term. Most patients need to visit the dentist twice a year, for both checkups and cleanings, to adequately prevent oral health issues.
However, if you have been diagnosed with gingivitis, the first stage of gum disease, or have struggled with frequent cavities in the past, your dentist may actually recommend more frequent visits to help clean the teeth and properly protect the gums. In some cases, periodontal therapy may also be recommended to help restore the gums health, in the case of inflammation or infection, as are common with gingivitis.