While you may think that brushing your teeth and ensuring that your tooth enamel stays strong are the epitome of good oral health, you will be missing quite a bit if you miss out on the health of your gums. Your gums are the pink, soft tissues in your mouth that surround each of your teeth. Although they may seem unimportant, they actually have quite an important job to do. They surround each tooth, keeping it firmly in place and ensuring that your teeth do not become sensitive or loose. Therefore, healthy gums are extremely important, which is why you need to constantly monitor your gum health.
Practice Good Gum Hygiene
If you practice good gum hygiene regularly, you are significantly lowering your likelihood of being diagnosed with gum disease. Fortunately, it does not have to be difficult to do. First, be sure to brush at least twice a day, and brush for two minutes each time, making sure to touch your gums throughout your mouth. However, do not press hard on them as you brush. In addition, floss daily, making sure to use a C-shaped movement to reach both sides of your teeth. Other things that may help you maintain healthy gums is using mouthwash as well as fluoride toothpaste.
Recognize Signs of Gum Disease
If you notice that you have some signs of gum disease, you will want to get things checked out right away by our dentist. You may notice that your gums bleed every time you floss them. Although this is common initially if you have not been flossing regularly, this should stop after a few weeks. In addition, your gums may feel sore and be swollen. When you look at them, they may appear redder than usual.
Talk to Our Dentist
As always, the best way to know whether you have healthy gums is to ask our dentist. Although you may be able to see some signs of poor gum health, our dentist is the best person to check with because they can easily see the beginning signs and symptoms of gum disease. By taking care to treat gum disease in its early stages, you can avoid other more serious problems later in life, such as severe discomfort and even lost teeth.
Be sure to visit Brevard Smiles at least twice per year, and realize that you may need to schedule visits more often if you have been diagnosed with gum disease. We are conveniently located in Indian Harbour Beach and Viera/Rockledge, FL. If you need help caring for your gums or if you are looking for a new dental provider, contact our office today so that we can set you up with our next available appointment time!