You can have the brightest, straightest smile in town but that doesn’t make you immune to gum disease. Taking care of your gum health is just as important as keeping those pearly whites in tip top shape.
Today we’re sharing what healthy gums look like, the role they play in your overall oral health and what happens if they aren’t properly taken care of.
Healthy gums are firm and pink. They won’t be red, swollen, painful or bleed easily.
Our 3 rules here at Midlothian Dental Center when it comes to healthy gums:
- Gently brush your gums (along with your teeth)
- Floss once a day
- See your dentist regularly
It’s also important to change your toothbrush every three months, or whenever the bristles start to fray. Once bristles start to lose their shape they also lose the strength to properly clean the plaque off your teeth. Plaque left on teeth can directly impact gum health, which can then have an impact on your overall oral health.
Healthy gums not only make your smile more attractive, they also play a crucial role in protecting the roots of your teeth and holding them steadily in place as you age. When gums are neglected, they can become red, swollen, tender and even bleed. These symptoms are usually the first sign of gum disease, which can lead to:
- Gums pulling away from teeth
- Ongoing bad breath
- Adult/permanent teeth becoming loose
- Change in bite
If you’ve experienced any of the above symptoms, don’t wait to make an appointment with your dentist. Treatment of gum disease varies depending on the type and how far it has progressed. Call our office at (804) 794-4588. You can also find out how we’re keeping our patients and staff safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Keep in mind that while one person may experience visible symptoms of gum disease, someone else may show no signs at all. Good dental care at home, along with regular checkups with your dentist, will keep bringing a smile to your face for years to come!