“Healthy teeth and gums” – why do the words “teeth” and “gums” always go together when we speak of dental health? Because you can’t have healthy teeth without healthy gums, and it’s hard to have healthy gums without healthy teeth. The beauty of the situation is that taking care of both your teeth and gums is relatively simple, straightforward and inexpensive. You need to:
- Brush your teeth at least twice a day with a soft toothbrush approved by the American Dental Association, using fluoride toothpaste.
- Floss your teeth at least once a day.
- See our Elk Grove dentists for semi-annual cleanings and checkups.
But what happens if you or someone you know has neglected these practices? Gum disease often results — either as inflammation of the gums (gingivitis) or infection of the gums (periodontitis). These conditions are stopped by regular dental visits. When discovered as gingivitis, they are often treated with simple measures. More advanced degrees of gum disease require more time and effort to erase, but successful treatment is possible. Dentistry cures exist even for severe cases of periodontitis – the important thing is to recognize it, explore treatment options at the Case Dental Group and get started on the road to healthy gums. What are some signs that indicate gum disease?
- Bleeding, red or swollen gums (healthy gums are pink and do not bleed),
- Receding gums,
- Bad breath not helped by brushing or use of mouthwash,
- Loose teeth,
- A constant unpleasant taste in the mouth.
Your teeth need your gums to stay healthy — they can’t go it alone! If you have any of the above symptoms, if you smoke or you have been diagnosed with diabetes, talk to the professional staff at the Case Dental Group about your gum health. Prevention of gum disease is a lifelong effort, so don’t be discouraged if you’ve think you have either gingivitis or periodontitis. With our experience and knowledge, and your diligent efforts at home, gum disease is treatable and soon you’ll be back on track with both healthy teeth and gums.