Keeping your gums healthy and free from disease is actually surprisingly simple and easy.
Instead of just dealing with gum disease once you have it, isn’t it better to provide your smile with the care it needs to avoid gum disease altogether? Here in Menomonee Falls, WI, our family dentists, Dr. Brian Stark and Dr. Thomas Dudley, are all about preventing oral health problems from happening in the first place. You’ll be happy to hear that gum disease is 100 percent preventable, and you can reduce your risk by simply following these tips:
Brush Twice a Day
If you want to maintain healthy teeth and gums, then you have to practice good oral hygiene. This means brushing your teeth at least twice a day to remove plaque and food particles between teeth and along the gumline. Don’t forget to brush your tongue, cheeks, and roof of your mouth, which also harbor nasty bacteria.
Remember to Floss Daily
How often are you flossing your teeth? If you don’t floss every day, you are doing your smile a serious disservice. All it takes to maintain healthy gums is to floss once a day. It’s a crucial habit but one that often goes ignored. Since your toothbrush won’t be able to get in between teeth to remove plaque and bacteria, it’s important that you are also flossing every day (no excuses!).
Know Your Risk
Genetics, diet, smoking, hormonal changes, and other factors can increase your risk for gum disease. It’s important to know your risk for developing gum disease and which factors such as diet and smoking that you can change in order to promote healthy gums. For example, pregnant women are more likely to develop periodontal disease due to hormonal changes; therefore, if you are pregnant you may choose to come in more often for cleanings and checkups.
Visit Your Dentist
Even with a healthy diet and good oral hygiene in place it’s still important that you are visiting your Menomonee Falls, WI, general dentists twice a year for professional cleanings and thorough checkups to make sure that your teeth and gums are healthy. These cleanings can also remove plaque and tartar buildup to prevent gum disease and decay. If you are unsure when was the last time you visited the dentist then it’s probably time to schedule an appointment.
If you are noticing gum redness, tenderness, or bleeding it’s important that you take heed and do not ignore these symptoms. Give our Menomonee Falls, WI, dentists here at Avenue Dental Group a call at (262) 251-6555. Let us know what symptoms you are experiencing, and we will get you in to see a dentist as soon as possible.