Your dental care regimen shouldn’t only focus on your teeth, themselves – the health of your gums is just as, if not more important than cavity-free teeth! The medical name for your gums is ‘periodontal’, and their protection and care is critical to your overall oral health.
In the recent past, we have outlined what the periodontal part of your mouth is, and diseases to fight. Now, we want to summarize how you can maintain excellent gum health with periodontal protection and care.
- Like with dental care for your teeth, the first step to keep your gums healthy is to brush at least twice each day (preferably after all meals). And don’t just brush your teeth! Plaque and food debris can get caught in the edges between your teeth and gums, and your tongue could use a good scrubbing, too.
- A good rule of thumb is to floss at least once daily to really get into the nooks and crannies and remove any particles that your toothbrush bristles can’t reach.
- As a final regular, daily measure, use a mouthwash with fluoride. This will get rid of most remaining loose particles of plaque and food residue, and protect your teeth and gums with the anti-plaque reinforcement provided by the fluoride.
- Meet with and talk to your dentist every six months. Your dentist will also check your gums for disease or tenderness. Be sure to tell your doctor if you notice anything outside the norm, and take extra care if you are at higher risk for contracting periodontal disease (risks increase with age, diet, genetics and smoking habits).
- If periodontal disease does develop, Dr. Mimi can provide periodontal treatment in the form of antibiotics and if more extreme treatment is needed, a dental laser.
You should always look for the common symptoms of periodontal disease, and visit your dentist if you notice them for quick, effective treatment. Periodontal disease is very serious; according to the American Academy of Periodontology, untreated periodontal disease can result in tooth loss, and even diabetes, respiratory problems, stroke, and heart attack. Contact us to schedule your next appointment or consultation.
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