Do you have a lot of pressing questions about how to best care for your smile? Does your computer or “smart phone” keep giving you a bunch of clashing answers or even advertisements for the latest whitening toothpaste or mouthwash? Your preventive dentist is actually one of your greatest sources of wisdom, when it comes to what oral care should really include. Seeing the dentist regularly is also an essential part of preventive oral care. Fortunately, the other steps you can and should be taking to protect your smile are not difficult or even time consuming. They juts require you to form some healthy habits, that can help to keep both your teeth and gums healthy.
Should my gums bleed when I floss?
Many people ignore bleeding, when flossing their teeth, thinking that this is a normal part of the process. Some may even quit flossing thinking that it is to blame for the bleeding. Sadly, bleeding gums are actually indication that the gums’ health is already in jeopardy, likely due to tartar buildup on the teeth, which can create acidity that causes inflammation in the gums.
Most studies estimate that at least half of Americans are likely struggling with gum disease. If you don’t want to be among them, make sure you are brushing and flossing your teeth every day, but also that you are seeing the dentist regularly for preventive cleanings. Regular dental appointments are one of the best ways to prevent both gum disease and cavities, which are among the most common oral health threats faced by Americans, both adults and children, alike.