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Gum Health 101: Everything You need to Know to Keep your Gums Healthy

Did you know that September is National Gum Care Month? The purpose of this occasion is to bring attention to the risks and potential harms of gum disease and raise awareness on how to better care for your gums. We, at Dr. Rick Dentistry, look forward to helping you enjoy healthy gums for a lifetime!

What is gum disease?

Gum disease starts to happen when plaque, a sticky film full of bacteria, builds up along and under the gum line. It can cause infections that damage the bone and gum, leading to gum disease and tooth decay. Gingivitis is the earliest stage and mildest form of gum disease and can be reversed with treatment and meticulous care at home.

Gingivitis left untreated may progress to periodontitis, which is an advanced stage of gum disease. Periodontitis can impact the bones holding the teeth in position and can damage the gums, bones, and tissues connected to your teeth. This can affect your bite and may potentially lead to tooth loss. The good news is that we, at Dr. Rick Dentistry, can treat and help you manage your gum disease, allowing you to enjoy a healthy smile!

Signs of Gum Disease

Recognizing the warning signs of gum disease is one of the most important steps in improving your gum health. These include red, swollen, tender, or receding gums, or gums that bleed easily especially during brushing or flossing. Symptoms also include persistent bad breath also known as halitosis, loose teeth, or teeth that have shifted slightly affecting your bite.

If you note any of these warning signs, please schedule an appointment with Dr. Rick Dentistry as soon as possible. We will do everything we can to treat and manage your condition and will show you how to improve your oral care to keep your gums healthy for years to come!

Keeping Your Gums Healthy

Brushing twice a day: Make sure to brush your teeth and gums at least twice a day to rid your mouth of disease-causing bacteria, leaving your teeth healthy and strong, and your gums more resistant to disease.

Daily flossing: Did you know that flossing daily is the most important thing you can do to improve the health of your gums? The reason is that brushing does not reach the tiny food particles trapped between your teeth, allowing bacteria to flourish and cause inflammation or infection of the gum. Make sure you floss every day to keep those gums clean and healthy!

Quit smoking: Smoking is strongly associated with the onset of gum disease. Not only does this habit weaken your immune system making it harder to fight off a gum infection, but it also makes it difficult for your gums to heal once they have been damaged.

Keep up with your dental visits: Make sure to visit us at Dr. Rick Dentistry at least twice a year for checkups and cleanings. We will examine your teeth and gums and treat any condition as it arises. Additionally, removing plaque through professional cleanings will reduce your risk of developing gum disease.

Schedule Your Appointment Today

Contact us at Dr. Rick Dentistry to learn more about ways to keep your smile healthy and bright. We are all about promoting gum health this National Gum Care Month and every month of the year! We look forward to caring for all your dental needs!