Gum Care in Salem, MA
September is National Gum Care Month. We all know how important it is to take care of our teeth. But good oral hygiene doesn’t stop at just brushing twice a day. Our gums need to be taken care of just as much as the teeth that they protect.
Did you know 7 out of 10 Americans will develop gum disease at some time in their lives? According to the American Dental Association (ADA), one out of every two adults age 30+ suffer from periodontal disease, commonly known as gum disease. The American Association of Periodontics (AAP) and the American Dental Association, want you to “love the gums you’re with” and be aware of the importance of taking care of your gums.
Healthy gums prevent harmful bacteria from reaching the roots of our teeth. If bacteria can get beneath our teeth, it can cause tissue damage, which if left untreated can eventually lead to tooth loss and other problems. Periodontal disease (periodontitis) has long been known as the leading cause of tooth loss in adults. But the damage isn’t confined to the mouth. Gum disease has also been associated with an increased risk of serious degenerative diseases.
Most people tend to overlook their gums and focus on achieving a white, straight smile instead. However, effective orthodontic treatment requires healthy gums. Gum disease can be prevented by routinely brushing and flossing and attending regular cleanings and dental check-ups. Early detection of gingivitis will help prevent further periodontal disease. Warning signs include swollen or tender gums that bleed easily, bad breath, and loose teeth.
Periodontal disease can lead to receding gums, damage to your bones, loss of teeth, increase risk of diabetes and heart disease. Simple steps like brushing twice a day, flossing, regularly seeing your dentist and dental hygienist for professional cleanings can help prevent gum disease. Your dentist may even suggest seeing a periodontist for special treatment!
In honor of gum health and periodontal disease awareness, it is important to not only be able to learn to recognize the red flags to gum disease, but also follow a healthy gum care routine daily.
Do not forget to:
Brush twice daily. Proper brushing helps keep your gums infection-free!
Floss regularly twice a day. Daily flossing effectively removes debris in the tight spots between your teeth.
Use mouthwash. Rinsing with mouthwash kills harmful bacteria that live between your teeth and tongue.
Happy Gum Care Month! For more information, please call Aleris Salem Dental Center at (855) 745-0055 or contact us online. Schedule your consultation with the best dentists in Salem, MA!