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How to Keep the Gums Healthy

Gums are an essential part of overall oral health because if the gums become infected and left untreated for an extended period, the result could lead to tooth loss. Keeping the teeth healthy is part of keeping the gums healthy; understanding this concept will help individuals avoid complications in the long run. Maintaining healthy gums will allow individuals to maintain the beautiful smile they’ve always desired.

Preventing Gum Disease

Poor oral hygiene will eventually lead to infections and/or gum disease. Here are some tips to prevent gum disease from developing:

  • Brush the teeth twice daily for at least two minutes with a soft-bristled toothbrush.
  • Floss daily or use an interdental cleaner to clean between the teeth to remove food particles and bacteria that the toothbrush was unable to reach.
  • Maintain annual dental checkups at least twice a year or more.
  • Demonstrate your brushing technique to your dentist so they can make any necessary adjustments to your routine to ensure you are effectively cleaning your teeth.
  • Avoid smoking or chewing tobacco.

It’s important to know that even if one maintains a healthy oral care regimen every day but has an autoimmune disease, such as AIDS or cancer, the body’s ability to fight infection is significantly reduced, which could lead to gum disease if left untreated. Researchers have also made a correlation between people who suffer from both diabetes and gum disease. Individuals on specific medications, such as antiseizure medication or blood pressure medication, could also become more susceptible to gum disease. Maintaining regular checkups with a dentist will help those suffering from these issues keep their oral health intact because dentists will suggest methods to keep the teeth and gums healthy while being treated for another disease.

What if I Already Have Gum Disease?

For those already suffering from gum disease, visiting a dentist can help reverse the issue because dentists will surgically remove the How to Keep the Gums Healthybacteria hidden in the gum’s pockets and prescribe an antibacterial rinse, such as chlorhexidine, for daily use until the infection has cleared up.

At McBride Dental, we remove the bacteria between our clients’ teeth whenever they come to our office for their annual checkups. We tell our patients that an important indicator of gum disease is when the gums are inflamed or constantly bleeding when they brush their teeth. Other indicators include consistently bad breath, pus between the teeth and gums, teeth separating from each other, receding gums, teeth not aligning when biting down, and dentures no longer fitting the mouth appropriately because of tooth separation.

San Diego Preventative Care

At McBride Dental, we are constantly helping our patients prevent future oral complications by providing specific preventative care services that tend to their needs. Some of our services include X-rays, thorough dental exams, deep cleanings, gum disease treatment, and other examinations. Our mission is to help patients maintain healthy teeth and gums for a lifetime. If you are in the San Diego area and are interested in some of our services, contact us today to schedule an appointment at 760-471-1003.

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