In early adulthood, most people’s teeth have had to work pretty hard over the years to keep up with their nutritional needs. Healthy gums should maintain a tight fit around the teeth, protecting them from any leftover food or bacteria that can quickly harden and penetrate the gum line.
Periodontitis is caused by the buildup of plaque between gums and teeth and can lead to oral pain and discomfort. Consistently caring for the gums and teeth is essential for maintaining a healthy smile.
Brush and Floss Daily
The easiest way to help prevent periodontal disease is by maintaining frequent and consistent oral hygiene practices. Brushing twice a day and even after meals can help remove plaque and food debris between teeth and gums. Thorough brushing for at least two minutes, including the tongue, will help prevent bacteria from forming and causing gum disease. Flossing before brushing at least once a day can also help lift and remove the tiny food particles toothbrush bristles can’t quite reach.
Understand the Risks
Several factors can put an individual at a higher risk of developing periodontal disease. Being aware of these risk factors and following a proper hygiene routine are essential for sustaining a healthy mouth. Risk factors that can increase a person’s risk of periodontitis include:
- Poor oral hygiene
- Stress, grinding teeth
- Medications that cause dry mouth and gums
Know When to Visit a Professional
Most people visit the dentist or dental hygienist for cleanings every six to 12 months. After noticing severe bleeding of the gums, it’s best to schedule an appointment with a professional immediately. A dentist will evaluate a patient’s gums and surrounding oral tissues to identify early signs of gum disease and establish a preventative treatment plan.
The experienced dental professionals at Storts Family Dentistry provide quality dental care to new and returning patients at three southern Oklahoma locations. Trust our team to help prevent the onset of gum disease and keep your gums pink and healthy. Contact us today with any questions or to schedule an appointment at our family practice.