The longer that bacteria hang out on your teeth, the more chances inflammation or gingivitis can occur. Those bacteria create acid that can eat away at your gums and eventually lead to tooth loss.
Gingivitis is a mild form of gum disease. It can cause redness, swelling and bleeding of the gums. The great news is that gum disease can usually be prevented with regular home and professional dental care.
Here’s how you can take care of your gums and avoid gum disease down the road:
3 steps to proper gum care
- Floss: Flossing is the most important thing you can do to take care of your gums. Why? Because flossing helps you get rid of food particles that get stuck between your teeth. Floss comes in many different types. Your dentist can help you figure out what floss is right for you.
- Brush Gums: That’s right. Gently brush your toothbrush over your gums in a circular motion just as you would when brushing your teeth. This helps to remove any foreign debris that may not even be noticeable.
- See Your Dentist: Visit your dentist regularly (usually every six months) for checkup and cleanings. If gum disease is detected early, your dentist can recommend a treatment plan to stop it from spreading and can minimize the damage.
If you think you have gum disease, contact the Havrilla Center for Periodontics & Dental Implants now.