September marks National Gum Care Month. You gums are the foundation of your teeth and a protective barrier to your body, your gums are one of the most important parts of your body.
Gum disease is far more common than you may think, with the American Dental Association showing that 42% of US adults aged 30 or over are dealing with this disease. Gum disease more formally known as periodontal disease can present itself in various ways, through swollen or red gums that are tender to touch, or you may see blood when flossing or brushing. Another way to spot gum disease, is when it causes persistent bad breath.
Ways to Improve Your Gum Health
Having good oral hygiene is key to your long term and systemic health. It’s important to maintain good brushing and flossing habits and also visit your Sterling dental team at least twice a year for a professional cleaning and exam. In this appointment we will also keep an eye on early signs of gum disease and if you have a mild case, it can be easily reversible.
If you ignore your symptoms, it can cause more severe issues such as tooth mobility issues or even loss in some rare cases. If you have severe periodontitis, Drs. Hubbard, Keynton Sill and Mitnick will refer you to a gum specialist called a Periodontist to review your case and your needs.
Other ways to improve your gum health include eating a balanced diet, with low sugar to reduce plaque and tartar build up. If you are a smoker, a big risk factor for gum disease — our team can guide you to some helpful resources for quitting smoking if this is an issue for you. We are always here to help and support you and find you a treatment plan that helps improve your symptoms and restores your smile. Don’t delay in making an appointment with our team today!