What Your Healthy Gums Really Need
March 10, 2016

Naperville periodontal treatmentThere’s a lot of talk about how to build healthy teeth. But what about the soft tissues in your mouth? Without strong gums, your teeth have no chance of success – and your oral health (and systemic health) will see the consequences. Gum disease is the number one cause of tooth loss, and can have long-term effects on your health and smile.

Keeping gingivitis from taking hold in the first place will help you avoid these concerns entirely. The first stage of gum disease is simple to treat – it can usually be reversed with improved oral hygiene – whereas periodontitis presents a much bigger challenge. Check out our tips to properly care for your gums at home, and check in with our office every six months to be sure you’re not skirting periodontal problems.

 Home Care for Healthy Gums

  • Brush regularly (and correctly) – We learn how to brush our teeth as young children. It’s always a good idea to refresh your technique. Be sure that you’re reaching every tooth surface, and brushing gently but thoroughly across the gum line, where your teeth and gums meet. Also brush your tongue to help remove bad bacteria.
  • Floss! – Many patients skip the floss – after all, who has time for it? But flossing is crucial in strengthening your gums, and preventing the rise of gingivitis. If you’re just getting into the habit, put a note on your bathroom mirror to remind yourself each night. Find floss that you like, whether it’s ribbon floss or using a floss holder. And if you notice bleeding gums and soreness at first, keep at it – this will fade as your flossing becomes consistent.
  • Eat right – We know – that’s pretty vague. What does “right” mean, anyway? Isn’t the answer a little different for every patient? What about getting the proper nutrients you need? Overall, you should be sure to limit your starches and sugars, as these give rise to plaque-forming bacteria. This irritates the gum line and leads to gingivitis (if not promptly removed). Get plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, unsweetened dairy, and lean protein. Ask us if you’re looking for tooth-healthy snack recommendations.
  • Mouthwash – If you’ve struggled with gum disease and bacteria buildup in the past, a mouth rinse might give you the extra edge over plaque.
  • Schedule regular exams – We said it earlier, and we’ll say it again. You should visit the office every six months for adequate disease prevention. The earlier we catch periodontal issues, the better.

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