Although you may recognize that taking care of your teeth is extremely important, you may not realize that taking proper care of your gums should be regarded with the same significance. Since September is National Gum Care Month, it is a good time to understand what you can do to take better care of your gums to ultimately keep gum disease from developing.
What Is Gum Disease?
Gum disease, or periodontitis, occurs when the tissues that support and surround your teeth become infected. Since it is generally painless, you may not even realize that you have it when it begins to develop.
If you have periodontitis, you may suffer from gums that bleed easily, persistent bad breath, and gums that are consistently red, swollen, and tender. Additionally, you might have periodontitis if your teeth have started to pull away from the base of your gums or if there has been a change in your bite. Keep in mind that you might be at a higher risk for periodontitis if you smoke or chew tobacco, you are pregnant, you have diabetes, or if your genetics predispose you to oral infections.
Brushing and Flossing Tips
One of the best things you can do for your gums to prevent periodontitis is to maintain a proper oral hygiene routine that includes regular brushing and flossing. To get the most out of your oral hygiene routine, we recommend:
- Using just enough pressure when you brush your teeth to clean your gums
- Brushing for a full two minutes and watching yourself in the mirror to make sure that you do not miss any part of your gums
- Placing your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle as you move it towards your gum line
However, if you do suspect that you have periodontitis, it is a good idea to see a periodontist in Braintree, MA. To schedule an appointment with our periodontist, Dr. Thomas J. Mone, please contact our office today by calling (781) 348-9925.
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