Our gums do some amazing things for us – from protecting the bones of your jaw to holding your teeth in place – your gums also provide an essential barrier against bacteria. In our opinion, your gums are truly the MVP of all things dental. While you may not think about all the things your gums do for you, it is important to take the necessary steps to care for them so they stay healthy.
Premier Dental Center San Antonio is celebrating Gum Care Month in September. We believe gums deserve acknowledgment every day of the year! During your dental routine – it is important not to neglect your gums. Here are some ways to promote a healthy mouth through the care of our gums.
The Importance of Gum Care
You have likely experienced mild gum disease symptoms at some point in your life. As a matter of fact, half of the adults over the age of thirty have had gum disease. With it being so common, you may wonder how gum disease happens. Mild gum disease, such as gingivitis, is a result of plaque buildup on teeth. Plaque is composed of mucus, food debris, and bacteria and creates a breeding ground for toxins in the mouth. Symptoms include red gums, puffy gums, halitosis, bleeding gums, and tooth pain or sensitivity.
Gingivitis is preventable and curable with a consistent oral routine. However, if left untreated it can potentially evolve into periodontitis. Periodontitis is the major cause of tooth loss in adults and can increase in severity if left untreated. Symptoms include saggy gums, separating teeth, easily bleeding gums, and consistent bad breath or taste in the mouth.
Stop Gum Disease
Caring for your gums goes hand in hand with your daily oral routine and is your first line of defense against gum disease. A thorough routine that supports healthy gums and teeth should have the following steps included:
- Brush twice a day for at least two minutes each time
- Floss daily
- Use a fluoride toothpaste
- Use a therapeutic mouthwash with fluoride
- Schedule routine dental cleanings every six months
- Quit tobacco immediately
Start with a Dental Cleaning in San Antonio, TX
If any of the symptoms listed above persist for more than a week or you have concerns regarding your current state of oral health contact us today. We have a team of professionals ready to assist you with any questions you may have. Scheduling a dentist appointment is your first step to a lifetime commitment to your oral health.