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