September is Gum Care Month, so what better time to talk about gum health? Periodontal Disease is extremely common in the U.S. In fact, 47.2% of adults aged 30 years and older have some form of periodontal disease according to the CDC. To reduce your risk, follow our tips for healthy gums.
Recommendations for Healthy Gums
- Floss every day. There are particles in between your teeth and along your gum line that can’t be removed by only a toothbrush.
- Don’t brush too hard. Brushing your teeth too vigorously can cause gum damage leading to infection. Not to mention, it can wear down your tooth enamel too.
- Don’t smoke. Smoking of any kind causes inflammation to the gums and increases your risk of gum disease.
- Visit your dentist regularly. Your dentist can help spot any issues before they become more serious.
- Pay attention to your gums when you brush. Don’t just brush your teeth and call it a day, lightly brush your teeth along the gum line too.
- Drink plenty of water. Wash away bacteria and food particles by drinking plenty of sugar-free fluids.
- Eat a well-balanced diet. A good diet with plenty of fruits, vegetables, and low sugar is best for your gum health.
- Replace your toothbrush. Replace your toothbrush every three months or so or whenever it is showing signs of wear.
Pay Attention to Signs of Gum Disease:
- Red, swollen, or tender gums
- Bad breath or taste in the mouth
- Changes in how your upper and lower teeth fit together
- Gaps or pockets along your gum line near your teeth
- Gums that bleed easily
- Gums that have recessed or pulled away from teeth, exposing roots
- Permanent teeth that begin to separate or become loose
The team at Breckenridge Dental is dedicated to helping you have healthy gums. Schedule an exam with us and we can take a look at any areas of concern. As always, remember to practice good dental hygiene… the best way to fight gum disease is to prevent it!