Taking care of your gums is important not only because your gums protect your teeth, but also because the health of your gums can have an impact on other health-related conditions you experience. In honor of National Gum Care Month, it is a good idea to educate yourself about the early stages of gum disease and update your knowledge on caring for your gums.

The Early Signs of Gum Disease


Without proper oral care, the early stages of gum disease, or gingivitis, may develop. You might have gingivitis if:

 ·         Your gums appear to be red and swollen in certain places
 ·         Your gums feel tender when you touch them or brush them
 ·         When you brush your teeth or floss, your gums bleed easily
 ·         You have noticed that your gums have started to pull away from the edges of your teeth

Additionally, you might have gingivitis if your bite or the way your teeth and gums feel has changed in any way whatsoever.

Taking Care of Your Gums

             
Although gingivitis may develop easily, it is also easy to prevent as long as you stick to a consistent dental hygiene routine. We strongly recommend brushing and flossing your teeth thoroughly at least two times a day. However, keep in mind that when you brush your teeth and gums, you should not be too aggressive. Brushing your gums too hard can damage them and cause them to bleed.

In addition to brushing and flossing, you should also see a general dentist in Kennewick, WA for regular appointments at least twice a year. When you come into our office for a general dental checkup and cleaning, we will remove the plaque that has built up on your teeth over time.

If it has been a while since you last came into our office to see Dr. Andrew T. Mohlman and you are worried that you might have gingivitis, please schedule an appointment today. You can reach our office by calling (509) 590-0072.