How To Take Care of Your Gums

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How To Take Care of Your Gums

Keeping your gums healthy and in good condition is vital to improve overall oral health. You may be taking good care of your teeth, but still neglecting to take the extra time to tend to your gum health. Warding off cavities is incredibly important and so is keeping the gums clean to avoid issues like gum disease. Often, people think they are doing all the right things with respect to their oral health routine and think their teeth and gums must be well maintained as a result. However, upon further inspection, issues with gum disease could be present.

When food particles are left in the mouth and accumulate in crevices plaque film will start to form. Plaque is a sticky material that is infested with infection-causing bacteria. As the contamination builds up along the gum line and if it finds its way underneath the gums an infection can develop which can cause issues with gum tissue as well as with jawbone tissues too. The teeth will also be affected and start to rot. If left untreated, tooth loss is a likely outcome.

What You Can Do To Take Care Of Your Gum Healthy

How To Take Care of Your GumsWhen gum disease first starts to manifest in the mouth it is called gingivitis. There are trademark symptoms of a mouth suffering from the condition of gingivitis including red gums that look puffy and swollen. The gums can also bleed and cause a good deal of pain. 

The good news is that if gingivitis is present, there are things you can do to remedy your situation and stop the condition from progressing. Primarily, you will want to see your local dentist. In California, the San Marcos family dentist at McBride Dental can treat cases of gingivitis.

If left to persist in the mouth too long the condition will only worsen. Gingivitis will then turn into periodontitis. This is a very serious disease condition of the mouth that can decimate the gum tissues not to mention also the bones and teeth.

Taking care of your gums is not unlike what you are advised to do for your teeth. The following actions are not only good for keeping strong teeth, but they also benefit your gums as well.

  • Make sure at some point during your day or night you at least floss once.
  • See your dentist on a regular schedule every year for examinations and cleanings.
  • Stop smoking.
  • Brush every day, two times each day. Remember to also gently brush gums.
  • Choose a toothpaste with fluoride.
  • Always rinse after brushing with a mouthwash approved by the American Dental Association.

Speak with a California Family Dentist Today

When you have good oral health, your whole body benefits because oral health is related to the health and well-being of your body in general. Avoiding disease conditions like gum disease is the ultimate objective because gingivitis can be prevented by engaging in good oral health practices. To schedule a dentist appointment to have your mouth evaluated for an oral health condition or for a cleaning, please call the San Diego dentist at McBride Dental at (760) 471-1003.

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