The Importance of Preventative Gum Maintenance
Anyone who has had to endure periodontal surgery will tell you that taking care of your gums is a crucial part of your dental care. Whether you want to end the bleeding you experience while brushing, or never ever want to experience it, there are steps that can be taken to keep your gums healthy. Here are some of the keys to preventative gum maintenance:
There are numerous systematic health conditions related to gum disease such as heart disease, diabetes as well as a multitude of other medical conditions and risks. This only re-emphasizes the importance of maintaining a regular hygiene programme and healthy teeth and gums.
Brushing two to three times a day is recommended to everyone for a reason. It prevents plaque buildup which in turn prevents gum disease. Timing is hugely beneficial too with the most ideal times typically being; after breakfast/prior to leaving for the day, after meals and sugary snacks and, before bed. Be sure to watch what kind of brush you use – you’ll want soft bristles as anything harder can cause damage such as gum recession and enamel erosion.
Other than brushing, nothing is more crucial to gum care than cleaning between your teeth. Whether using old fashioned floss, floss picks, or new interdental brushes, making sure you are clear of plaque buildup and harmful bacteria will do a great deal to alleviate the risks for and symptoms of gingivitis.
Therapeutic, not cosmetic, mouthwash can be a boon to gum health as well, providing another weapon in the war on gum disease.
Be sure to watch the amount of sugar consumed as it can feed the bacteria that cause gum disease. Stay away from added sugars, and make sure to ingest enough calcium to keep up your protection against dental issues and jaw deterioration. Remember to brush when possible after enjoying sugary treats and beverages.
Regular Dental Visits
Gum conditions are often painless and without symptoms when they begin. It’s important, therefore, to regularly see your dentist so they can assess any issues you might have. Have regular checkups every six months or more often if you’re at greater risk of oral diseases.
Follow these guidelines of preventative gum maintenance and you should be able to stave off any problems. If you are showing signs of gum disease or need to see a professional to get a checkup, contact our team today, and we’ll help you get your gums back on the right track.
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