Maintaining Healthy Gums in Three Steps

Our teeth are important to our health. When they are taken care of and in great condition they chew our food, fill out our facial features, and give us confidence when we interact with others. Therefore, it’s important to remember that our gums are what support our teeth and it’s crucial that they are given as much attention. According to there are 3 steps you can take to maintain healthy gums:

  1. Brush and Floss – It’s not only important that you brush and floss, but also how you brush and floss! “When it comes to gum tissue, gently brushing the gumline at a 45-degree angle can help remove bacteria that build up near the tooth roots and help prevent gum disease.” Do not brush aggressively, and choose a soft bristled toothbrush to protect gums. The objective is to clean them, not irritate the tissue. When flossing, use at least 18″ of floss and move to a clean section between every set of teeth. “Floss gently just underneath the gumline to remove plaque, food debris and bacteria. This can help your smile remain healthy and prevent gum disease.”
  2. Visit Your Dentist – Regular dental checkups are key to achieving and maintaining good oral health. “Dentists are trained to spot signs of gum disease in the early stages. They can point out areas that you’ve missed in your smile and also conduct regular cleanings to remove any plaque that has built up near the gumline.” With this knowledge, treatment can be recommended to address, and even reverse, gum disease. There is no substitute to visiting your dentist when it comes to gum health!
  3. Avoid Tobacco Products – Although fewer people smoke today than before, tobacco products are still a threat to our health, including our teeth and gums. Chewing tobacco and e-cigarettes still deliver nicotine to the body. “Since these products can mask the symptoms of gum disease, many tobacco users don’t realize there is a problem until it’s too late. Since gum disease is one of the biggest causes of tooth loss, this is a serious problem for people around the world.” By avoiding all forms of nicotine you give your mouth and gums the best chance to remain healthy.

Are Your Gums Healthy?

At C R Dental Group in Dallas, Texas, Dr. James Reisman and Dr. Jordana Contrucci encourage you to visit your dentist regularly. The only way to be sure your teeth and gums are healthy are with regular professional dental cleanings and oral exams. That’s the best way to evaluate your dental health and take any steps necessary to assure that your oral health is in the best condition it can be.