How to Maintain Healthy Gums

Gums often get overlooked in the dental conversation, but they provide the foundation for a healthy smile. At Southwest Smiles Family Dentistry, we know that proper preventive care is critical for excellent oral health. We encourage you to maintain an outstanding oral hygiene routine to keep your teeth strong and gums healthy, to reduce the risk of and even prevent many dental issues, and ensure your oral health stays in tip-top shape!

How Do I Properly Care for My Gums?

Brushing twice daily for two minutes each time, flossing each day, and rinsing with an alcohol-free anti-plaque mouthwash will go a long way toward keeping your gums healthy for many years. If you can prevent the buildup of plaque—a sticky film of bacteria that inflames gums—you can avoid the stages of gum disease: gingivitis, periodontitis, and advanced periodontitis. However, your brushing technique is also important! Be sure to brush gently with a soft-bristled toothbrush to avoid causing gums to recede or become irritated.

What Are the Signs & Symptoms of Gum Disease?

Gum disease is the number one cause of tooth loss in adults. You’re more likely to seek treatment while in the early stages of gum disease if you know the warning signs and symptoms. If you notice that your gums are bleeding, unusually sore, tender, or appear red and swollen, call our office and speak to a member of your team. If gum disease is detected early on, we can begin treatment before the condition becomes more severe and painful.

Can Gum Disease Be Treated?

If you have been diagnosed with gum disease, our expert team is here to help. We have a wide variety of treatment options at our disposal, including deep cleanings, antibiotic treatment, special mouth rinses, and dental surgery. But the first step in treatment is scheduling a consultation with Dr. Chittajallu, who will examine your gums and the severity of your condition. Then, we will create a customized treatment plan to improve your oral health.

We Can Help You Have Healthy Gums!

To ask us any questions about gum disease or to schedule a checkup at our office, contact us today.

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