Now that you’ve read all about the proper ways to care for your teeth (yes, we’re assuming you regularly read our blog!), let’s talk about how to care for your gums. Those pearly whites aren’t the only thing you need to pamper for a winning smile and good oral health. Your gums are just as important!
When gums get neglected, they’re at risk for gum disease; plaque build-up that can cause tooth decay. When plaque isn’t cleaned off your teeth, it turns into tartar. You can’t brush this form of hardened plaque with your toothbrush. Your periodontist in Indianapolis has to remove it!
Plaque, that filmy sticky stuff on your gum line, has lots of harmful bacteria. In the beginning, it will cause gingivitis, which causes gum inflammation. The gums are swollen, tender, and bleed easily. At this stage, your Indianapolis periodontist can help remove it. If left too long, the gingivitis will turn into periodontitis, which will damage your teeth and surrounding bones.
Watch Out for the Following Signs You Have Gum Disease
- Receding gums
- Gums prone to bleeding
- Loose permanent teeth
- Halitosis (chronically stinky breath
- Tender, swollen, red gums
What to Do
Let’s look at a few things you can do to prevent gum disease and keep your mouth in great shape.
- Visit your Indianapolis or Fischer periodontist for regular cleanings and checkups. We can help remove the plaque that cause the problems. We’ll also let you know if you have spots of inflamed gums.
- Floss like a boss. Flossing is the key to preventing a lot of different oral problems, but especially gum disease. That little piece of thread gets where the toothbrush can’t, and it can remove a lot of plaque near the gum line. Be sure and do it every day…and gently.
- Use fluoride in your toothpaste. You have lots of choices and the flavor doesn’t matter; just make sure you pick one that has fluoride in it.
- Brush often. For most people, this is twice per day. If you want to be extra careful, brush after every meal, so that no food is left trapped in your teeth fostering bacteria.
If you have any questions about gum disease, come to our office for the best gum disease treatment in Indianapolis. Schedule an appointment with us today!