How to Maintain the Health of Your Gums

Schedule your next cleaning at Catonsville Dental Care today!

Schedule your next cleaning at Catonsville Dental Care today!

It is officially the new year and we have one more resolution to add to your list. It is so important to take care of your gums, not only to prevent gum disease but to ensure the health of your mouth altogether. Even if you are cavity-free, you are not necessarily immune to gum disease. Gum disease can start to develop when plaque builds up under and along the gumline. This can cause infections that can further lead to tooth decay. Plaque can also lead to gingivitis, which can make your gums inflamed, tender, red, swollen, and prone to bleeding. These things are totally preventable, however, so with a few tips and tricks, you can make sure your gums are as healthy as ever.

Floss and Brush

You should be flossing at least once a day and brushing your teeth twice a day. Flossing can aid in the removal of plaque and food that your toothbrush cannot quite reach. You can floss in the morning or at night- it does not matter. Just make sure you get your flossing in at least once a day whenever you can.

It is best if you can brush your teeth after every meal to remove food and plaque buildup between your teeth and gums. Be sure to scrub your tongue too, as it can harbor lots of bacteria. Consider investing in an electric toothbrush with soft bristles to reduce gingivitis and plaque more than manual brushing does. Be sure to also change out your toothbrush or toothbrush head at least every four months, sooner if the bristles begin to fray.

Regular Cleanings

Another important way to maintain gum health is to go to your dentist on a regular basis. Your dentist can definitely detect signs of early gum disease, you just need to make sure you make your appointment. Tartar can only be removed with a professional cleaning. A professional cleaning can also get rid of any plaque you miss when brushing or flossing. If you have gingivitis, brushing, flossing, and regular dental cleanings and exams can help to even reverse it.

Don’t Smoke

Everyone now knows that smoking is horrible for your health, and gum health is no exception. Smoking is associated with the onset of gum disease. Also, it weakens your immune system, so if you have a gum infection, it will be harder to fight off. Smoking also makes it more difficult for your gums to heal if they have been damaged.

Questions About Gum Health? Ask Catonsville Dental Care

At Catonsville Dental Care, we aim to make your dentist appointments quick and easy. With four dentists, you won’t be able to find a better provider for your teeth and gum health. To schedule an appointment or consultation, visit us online or give us a call at 410-747-1115. For more tips and tricks, be sure to follow us on Facebook, Flickr, Twitter, Google+, and YouTube.

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