Everyone wants to display a healthy, white and beautiful smile. But did you know that your gum health is a vital part of maintaining a beautiful smile? Your gums are foundational for helping your teeth stay healthy, protected from bacteria and lasting for your lifetime. Attending to your gum health is just as important as paying attention to the health of your teeth.
Periodontal disease develops when bacteria are allowed to profligate on your gums surrounding your teeth. An important part of routine bi-annual dental checkups is professional cleaning and inspection of your teeth and gums. The hygienist cleans away persistent tartar and plaque to keep your gums healthy, and the dentist closely inspects your gums for any signs of decay.
Poor oral hygiene and neglecting these professional cleanings are the most common causes of periodontal disease, or diseases of the gums. This progresses in stages from bad to worse, leaving your teeth and overall health in jeopardy. The levels of gum disease are:
- Advanced Periodontitis
Left untreated, your gums will swell, bleed and become painful, teeth will loosen and eventually you will lose both gum tissue and teeth.
Caring for Your Gums
Caring for your gums is closely related to caring for your teeth, and involves the same procedures. Eating a healthy diet and avoiding too much sugar, tobacco and other harmful substances is essential. Brush your teeth and gums at least twice daily, if not after every meal. Use a good toothpaste containing fluoride and brush your gums along with your teeth. Using a soft bristled toothbrush is recommended.
Even with the most strenuous home oral hygiene routine, you cannot remove all the tartar and plaque from your teeth. There are simply places you cannot reach with a toothbrush. A professional cleaning two times each year keeps these harmful substances from building up and causing damage to your gum tissue and teeth.
Schedule your appointment for an exam and cleaning at Feather Touch Dental Care on Peachtree Street in Midtown Atlanta, Georgia. Take good care of your gums for a beautiful smile.
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