Oral health isn’t just about the whiteness of your teeth or how straight they are. Even if your mouth is completely cavity-free, you can’t forget about your gums. Since gum disease is usually pain-free, it can be hard to tell if you are suffering from gum disease.
What is Gum Disease?
Gum disease happens when plaque builds up on your teeth under and along the gum line. Because plaque is filled with bacteria, it will start to erode your teeth, causing tooth decay and eventual infections in your gums. Gingivitis is the earliest signs of gum disease and will cause your gums to become inflamed, tender, and more prone to bleeding.
This plaque and bacteria build-up can eventually lead to periodontitis, a disease that decays the jaw bone and gums. This advanced stage of gum disease will lead to infections in the gums and teeth and eventual tooth loss. Periodontal disease has also been linked to a higher mortality rate among Covid-19 patients.
The good news is that gum disease is preventable and reversible with the help of Valley Dental Care’s highly trained and professional dental staff. Here are some ways to achieve and maintain good gum health.
Many people tend to ignore flossing daily even though this activity is widely regarded as one of the best ways to maintain gum health. Flossing everyday will remove plaque and tartar build up beyond the reach of your tooth brush in between teeth. Making this essential activity a part of your daily routine will help you keep your teeth for as long as possible!
Daily Brushing & Rinsing
Brushing your teeth daily is also vital to maintaining a good oral microbiome and healthy gums. The American Dental Association recommends that you brush twice daily and replace your toothbrush every 3-4 months. Studies show that toothbrushes with soft bristles and electric toothbrushes can reduce the risk of gingivitis even more. So get out there and start brushing!
Regular In-Office Teeth Cleaning
Seeing our dentist regularly will allow them to spot early signs of gingivitis and periodontal disease, as well as other diseases such as bone and heart disease. Regular teeth cleanings will allow our staff to treat symptoms before they become serious. A professional in-office cleaning is the only way to safely remove tartar and hard-to-reach plaque. If you are or a loved one is suffering from gingivitis or periodontitis, brushing, flossing, and regular visits to our El Paso, TX dental office is the first step to preventing and reversing gum disease.
Schedule a Dental Exam & Professional Teeth Cleaning Today!
Good oral health can help with more than preventing gum disease, it can help people with self-esteem issues caused by bad oral health. Our staff can answer any questions you have and determine the best way for you to achieve maximum oral health with a detailed dental treatment which will be explained to you by our doctor. Call us today at (915) 598-7264 to schedule an appointment, or message us on our Contact Us page!