Having a beautiful smile means more than just having strong and healthy teeth. The health and condition of your gums are integral to your smile’s health and your overall physical wellbeing. Many people don’t think about gum health, but without taking care of your gums, you can develop periodontal (gum) disease.
The Dangers of Gum Disease
Gum disease usually develops when plaque and bacteria build up below the gumline. This buildup of plaque can cause infections that harm the gum and bone, eventually leading to gum disease, decay, and tooth loss. However, gum disease is preventable, and even reversible, to some degree.
6 Tips for Maintaining Gum Health
The following six tips can help you prevent gum disease from starting in the first place:
- Brush twice daily.
- Floss at least once daily.
- Use fluoride toothpaste.
- Rinse your mouth with a therapeutic mouthwash.
- Get regular dental exams and cleanings.
- Stop smoking and using tobacco products.
The Importance of Dental Exams and Cleanings
One of the best ways to keep your teeth and gums healthy is regularly visiting your dentist for cleanings and exams. Exams allow your dentist to monitor your oral health and detect any early signs of gum disease or other related issues. During your visit, your dentist or hygienist also thoroughly cleans your teeth with special tools to reach hard-to-reach places where plaque can accumulate.
Schedule Your Exam Today!
If your smile’s health is important to you, we recommend visiting our Pikesville dental office every six months to stay ahead of gum disease. Contact us today to schedule your appointment.