One of the most predominant questions asked during dental visits is how does one keep their gums healthy? The answer is simple: flossing, regular dental cleanings, and brush twice a day. Sounds too easy, right? The truth is, keeping your gums healthy really is that easy.
Let’s cover these three ways of keeping your gums healthy a bit more.
Why are Gums Important?
Your gums perform a crucial role in the overall health of your mouth. Your gums also support your teeth and the bones that hold your teeth in place. They are the first defense for your teeth against harmful bacteria. If they are not cared for, they can also be the cause of bacteria and lead to issues like gum disease. It is essential to keep them healthy with routine dental care and regular periodontal checkups. At Furniss Family Dentistry, we can help you stay on track with good oral health and help you keep your gums healthy for a lifetime.
What is Gum Disease?
Gum disease is an infection that forms in your gums and can lead to tooth decay and other periodontal troubles. When plaque builds up on your gum lines, it can turn into the hard substance known as tartar. Bacteria begins to form in this tartar and becomes the first stage of gum disease, more commonly known as gingivitis. Without treatment, gingivitis can turn into periodontitis. Periodontitis can eat at the tissue, your teeth, root systems, and the supporting bone for your teeth. Left untreated this oral disease can cause the loss of teeth and could link to other health conditions in your body. Avoiding these health risks is an important reason to maintain good oral hygiene at home and keep regular visits with your periodontist.
Tips for Healthy Gums
Keeping your gums healthy and avoiding gum diseases like gingivitis and periodontitis is easy though. Following the easy steps of flossing, regular dental cleanings, and brushing twice a day, will keep you on the right path to healthy gums for life. Floss your teeth following the guidelines you receive from your family dentist. This will help to remove the harmful plaque that can start periodontal issues. Flossing is especially important for the protection of areas your toothbrush cannot reach. Following a good oral routine, including brushing twice a day, will help in avoiding bacteria and buildup on your teeth as well. Following all of this up with routine cleanings will ensure you keep your healthy gums for life.