Did you know that September is National Gum Care Month? Though often overlooked within a dental routine, proper gum care is the best way to minimize your risk of developing gum disease. Nearly half of adults are affected by gum disease, an infection of the tissue that surrounds and supports your teeth. Unfortunately, advanced gum disease is the number one reason for tooth loss among adults. However, gum disease is completely preventable. Take National Gum Care Month as your opportunity to reinvigorate your gum care with these simple tips from Dr. Tikson and Dr. Eichenlaub:
- FLOSS every day! (and brush twice daily). Gum disease begins with plaque, a sticky deposit that develops on the teeth. Good dental hygiene is the best way to fight plaque. It’s particularly important to floss your teeth, as plaque often accumulates in the tight spaces between your teeth that can’t always be accessed by your toothbrush.
- Brush with a soft toothbrush. Be gentle when you’re brushing! If your gums are bleeding, it may be a sign that you are brushing too hard, brushing with hard bristles, or have gum disease. Always make sure that your toothbrush is approved by the American Dental Association—that way you can ensure your toothbrush is not too abrasive for your gum health.
- Avoid tobacco products. Tobacco usage is one of the biggest risk factors for developing gum disease. Traditional cigarettes, e-cigarettes, pipes, and chewing tobacco all increase your risk of gum disease.
- Eat a healthy diet. To promote healthy gums, you should try to avoid refined carbohydrates (sugary and starchy foods). You should also be sure to get vitamin C, vitamin D, and antioxidants in your diet. These nutrients can help ensure your best gum health.
- Know the signs of gum disease. Bad breath, bleeding gums, spaces in between teeth, and loose teeth are all potential signs of gum disease. If you begin to notice symptoms that match this description, schedule an appointment right away.
- Come in for regular dental cleanings! Professional dental hygienists are trained to remove plaque from the tiny spaces which can be difficult for you to reach when you’re brushing and flossing at home. Furthermore, when you come into Dr. Susan Tikson General Dentistry, we can identify the early signs of gum disease. Luckily, when this oral health issue is detected in its early stages, it’s reversible.
To schedule a cleaning or get more advice about proper gum care, give our office a call today at (614) 888-2563.