Why You Don’t Want to Ignore Your Gums

Every good oral health regimen includes brushing and flossing your teeth. But just as vital is paying close attention to your gums. You want to use a soft bristled toothbrush to gently clean around your gums, and gently floss around the gum line to loosen debris. Getting rid of food particles and sticky plaque clears away the germs that cause gum disease. If you use a fluoride toothpaste to protect tooth enamel and an antibacterial mouthwash to kill germs, both your teeth and gums will thank you!

By the time you get to your six months dental cleanings, we will scrape away any hardened plaque (tartar) that your daily routine missed. Together, we want to keep your mouth healthy and your teeth beautiful. So what are some signs that you might have gum disease?

If your gums are swollen, red, and tender to the touch, or gums that are loose and separating from your teeth, this is a warning sign for gum disease. If you have mouth sores or pus between your teeth and gum, or have persistent bad breath and a bad taste in your mouth, these are all symptoms that should not be ignored. The ultimate outcome of advanced gum disease (periodontitis) is tooth loss!

Just like any medical condition early diagnosis is the easiest to treat. Our team at The Dental Center is committed to helping you keep a bright, beautiful and healthy smile. We work with you to ensure healthy teeth and gums for a smile that can last a lifetime.

Call our office today and schedule your next teeth cleaning visit! 801.224.6165.