Don’t Forget About Your Gums

It’s unfortunate, but many people can forget about their gums when it comes to their oral health. That’s because the teeth stand out more from a cosmetic standpoint. You want to keep your teeth shiny and clean so that you feel confident in your smile. However, you gum tissue is just as important as your teeth when it comes to the state of your mouth. Bacteria can build up around and beneath the gum line and cause gum disease. When gum disease goes untreated for a long period of time, you may develop periodontitis. This condition is irreversible and requires constant attention.

Be Sure to Remember Your Gums When You Brush Each Day

We commonly use the phrase “brush your teeth,” but the brushing process is actually meant to be a comprehensive cleaning procedure. You should brush the surfaces of your teeth, but you should also give plenty of time and attention to your gums. Brushing around the gum line disrupts the formation of plaque and decreases the chances that bacteria build up beneath your gum line. Flossing also plays a big role in keeping your gums clean. By taking a mindful approach with both of these homecare steps, you can keep your gums healthy.

If You Develop Gum Disease or Irritation, See Your Dentist Right Away

If you do notice pain, inflammation, or bleeding from your gums, you should handle the problem right away. Letting gum issues linger will only hurt you in the long run. When you work with your dentist to address gum disease and discomfort, you can stifle the condition and avoid periodontitis. Again, this condition is irreversible, and requires constant attention to ensure your jaw bone doesn’t degrade and your teeth don’t fall out. Taking a preventive approach is best.

Elm Creek Dental Can Treat Bacterial Buildup in the Gums

If you notice redness, bleeding, or pain in your gums, your dentist can provide treatment, in the form of scaling and root planing, to remove the bacteria. Dr. Carter and the Elm Creek staff provide laser scaling and root planing to give you a more comfortable, precise experience. To make your appointment with Dr. Carter and the Elm Creek staff, contact the office in Maple Grove, MN at 763-416-0606.