How To Maintain Healthy Gums
When we think about our dental care, we often forget about taking care of our gums. Unfortunately, gum disease is a common problem and many adults have a form of it.
Gum disease can range from mild inflammation (gingivitis) to more serious (periodontitis). If left untreated, it can result in losing teeth and increased risk of other health conditions. Gum disease is caused when plaque is not removed and builds up to form tarter. Once tartar is formed, brushing alone cannot remove it. So what can you do to maintain your healthy gums?
- If you’re in the early stages of gum disease, it can often times be reversed with a good dental hygiene routine, including proper brushing and daily flossing.
- Get a professional cleaning. The only way to remove tartar once it has formed is by getting a deep cleaning at your dentist’s office. Your dentist can clean tartar above and below the gum line and also clean out any pockets that may have formed in your gum line due to receding gums.
- Smoking can significantly increase your risk of developing gum disease. Also, if you have gum disease and continue to smoke, it will lower your chances of successfully treating it.
It is important to treat gum disease as early as possible. If you notice bleeding, redness, swelling, tenderness, or receding in your gums, make an appointment with your dentist.