Keeping your gums healthy is crucial for a healthy smile.
With the millions of Americans out there dealing with gum disease it’s now more important than ever to understand how to properly care for your gums. The last thing our family dentist Dr. Carl Murano wants to see are patients coming in with severe gum disease. After all, this is the number one cause of tooth loss in adults. Since we know that every patient out there wants to keep their natural smiles, here are some helpful tips for keeping your periodontal health in tip-top shape.
Flossing is truly one of the best things you can do for your smile. Not only will it remove food and plaque from building up between teeth to cause decay, but also it can remove plaque from along the gumline where it can harden into tartar and lead to gum disease. Flossing is the number one way to keep your gums healthy and to prevent gum disease.
Eat a Smile-Friendly Diet
As you might imagine, what you eat not only impacts your overall health but also your oral health. So, are you maintaining a diet that’s healthy for your teeth and gums? Your diet should be comprised of lean proteins, whole grains, fruits and vegetables, and some low-fat dairy. Avoid sugar and sports drinks, processed foods and sugar, which can increase plaque buildup and put you at risk for decay and gum disease.
Visit the Dentist Regularly
How you care for your smile is so very important; however, nothing is as important as visiting your Honeoye Falls and Mendon family dentist for routine checkups and cleanings. After all, decay and gum disease don’t often cause symptoms until they are more advanced.
So the only way to detect and treat these issues early is by coming in every six months for checkups. Remember, gum disease is known as a “silent killer”, so even if your gums feel great they may still be dealing with gum disease. Luckily, if gum disease is caught early enough it can be treated.
Warning Signs of Gum Disease
It’s important that if you do experience symptoms of gum disease that you schedule an appointment with us. Call us if you notice:
- Red, inflamed gums
- Puffy, swollen gums
- Tender gums
- Gums that bleed easily, particularly when flossing or brushing
- Persistent bad breath
- Gums that pull away from the teeth (teeth will appear longer than usual)
Do you have questions about caring for your gums? Are you dealing with early warning signs of gum disease? If so, don’t hesitate to call HFL Dental in Honeoye Falls, NY and serving Mendon, NY, today to find out how we can help you.