Our gums do some amazing things, from protecting our mouths from bacteria to holding our teeth in place. For these reasons, we think they deserve to be recognized. You may not know it, but September is gum care month! We want to take the time to celebrate our gums and provide you with some tips on how to show them appreciation. Gum care starts at home with your daily oral care routine – but if you do not currently have a routine in place it is never too late to start.
Why Is It Important?
Though early gum diseases are preventable, they are very common. Over half of adults over the age of thirty have experienced some form of gum disease. It may sound terrifying to hear the word “gum disease”, but let us assure you there is nothing to be scared of. With proper care and consistency, the likelihood and severity of gum disease can be lessened.
Gum Disease Symptoms
Gingivitis is caused by plaque build-up on teeth. Plaque is a breeding ground for bacteria and toxins that make the gums appear puffy and red. However, since gingivitis isn’t painful, it is easy to ignore. There are a few mild gum disease symptoms to look out for such as gums appearing red or inflamed, bleeding, sensitivity, tooth pain, and bad breath that doesn’t seem to go away. If you notice any of these symptoms we recommend booking an appointment for further diagnosis and treatment.
If left untreated, gingivitis can weaken tooth enamel and can evolve into a much more serious disease called periodontitis. Periodontitis is the cause of gum deterioration and tooth loss in adults. If periodontitis occurs you will notice saggy gums, separating teeth, easily bleeding gums, and consistent bad breath or taste in the mouth.
Taking Care Of Your Gums
When you take care of your teeth you are also taking care of your gums so it may not come as a surprise that the same tips dentists recommend for oral care are similar to gum care. You may already have a routine in place for your teeth but maybe it’s not as intensive as the steps we provide you with today. Try implementing some of the steps below into your routine. For a thorough routine that increases the impact of your routine you should brush twice a day, floss at least once a day, use a therapeutic mouthwash, schedule regular dental cleanings, and quit smoking as it is linked to early onset gum disease.
Come See Us Today
When you care for your gums you care for your overall health. Scheduling regular dental screenings ensure proper removal of plaque and tartar and are a dependable line of defense against gum disease.