September marks a changing of seasons from summer to fall and as you change your routine for back to school and your wardrobe for cooler weather, it’s important to keep up with your usual oral routine too. September is National Gum Care Month, dedicated to the proper care of the tissues surrounding your teeth. There are many things you can do this month and year round to keep your gums healthy.
Good oral hygiene
Maintaining proper oral hygiene is an essential part of having a healthy, strong mouth and beautiful smile. Some people consider keeping their teeth clean by brushing twice daily and flossing at least once daily sufficient oral hygiene, but there’s more to the mouth than just the teeth. The areas surrounding the teeth, the gums, are a vital portion of your mouth and deserve proper care too. To keep gum disease from attacking the supportive barrier around your teeth, you need to maintain proper brushing and flossing as well as going to regular dental visits for professional cleanings and X-rays.
Factors that influence gum health
Consistent brushing and flossing helps keep your teeth and surrounding areas protected from gum disease, but additional factors have an effect on your gum health. Some of these factors are:
- Tobacco use
- Difficult to clean teeth
All of the above factors can increase your chances of having gum disease, but it’s still possible to have gum issues even without additional factors. To determine if your medical history and/or lifestyle has an effect on your gums, have a conversation with your dentist to learn what you can do to prevent and reverse gum disease.
Signs of gum disease
Gum disease has several stages and it’s important to catch it at the first sign of trouble. Signs of gum disease include:
- Bleeding gums
- Swollen, tender, red gums
- Gum recession
- Persistent bad breath
- Loose or separating permanent teeth
- Bite and alignment changes
- Partial denture fit changes
Contact your dental professional as soon as you notice any of the above signs so they can work with you to save your gums and teeth from the damaging effects of gum disease. The damage caused by gum disease includes tooth loss, tissue loss and jawbone loss.
With regular dental hygiene appointments for tartar and plaque removal, tooth polishing and a complete exam, your dentist can assess your current dental health and spot any issues early. By keeping regular appointments, you can dramatically lower your risk of suffering gum disease and preserve and protect the health of your teeth and gums. Keep gum disease at bay by making an appointment with Chianese Dental today.