Getting healthy and strong gums is really quite simple and will only require a few minutes of your time each day to maintain good gum health. In comparison ignoring your oral health just to save these few minutes will mean you end up with poor oral health, including unhealthy gums and are more than likely to require time-consuming dental treatment to try to put things right. When gum disease has advanced, it becomes chronic and cannot be completely cured; meaning ongoing professional dental care is needed. This is why here at D & D Periodontal Associates, we strongly recommend our patients spend those few minutes looking after their teeth and gums as the benefits can be enormous.
How to Maintain Good Gum Health
Good gum health is caused by a maintain to regularly remove the bacteria that build up over your teeth and gums. These bacteria are contained in a sticky layer of plaque and you may even be able to feel this if you run your tongue over your teeth at the end of a long day. Regular brushing and flossing removes this layer of plaque before it can cause you any harm, but failure to do so allows the bacteria in the plaque to remain on your gums where they release toxins that will inflame and infect your gum tissues (Read more: Oral Hygiene Instructions). Failure to brush and floss for a couple of days enables plaque to harden into tartar. This is incredibly hard and can only be removed during a professional hygiene appointment, and tartar will also release toxins.
How to Keep Your Gums Strong and Healthy
If you haven’t seen a dentist for a while then it’s a great idea to book an appointment or even book a periodontal evaluation here at D&D Periodontal Associates. Having your gums professionally assessed will provide you with a clear picture of your current oral health and help you achieve good gum health. Additionally if you do have any problems then our periodontists can provide you with the most appropriate and up-to-date treatments. Hopefully it will just be a question of having your teeth professionally cleaned but if you do have any signs of gum disease then there are a number of procedures that can be extremely useful. One of the most often used treatments is called scaling and root planing which effectively deep cleans your gums, removing bacteria from any pockets or gaps that may have begun to develop in between your teeth and gums due to the bacterial infection.
Good Dental Care Will Take You Less Than 10 Minutes Each Day
In addition to regular dental visits, you need to establish a good home care routine. You don’t need to spend long as it will typically take less than 10 minutes each day to thoroughly brush and floss your teeth. Ideally you should be aiming to brush your teeth at least twice a day. It is best to brush first thing in the morning before you have breakfast and last thing at night, just before you go to sleep. Aim to floss your teeth last thing at night and this is because your mouth is drier overnight as less saliva is produced, creating the ideal conditions for bacteria to thrive.
Healthy teeth need healthy gums, so if it has been a while since you had a checkup or if you suspect that something might be wrong with your good gum health don’t delay in booking your appointment.