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What You Need to Know About Gum Care

Blende Dental Group

Sep 21 94458

There is no magic when it comes to maintaining the health of your gums. The key to a healthy smile is to make sure you are effectively removing the soft plaque and food that consistently accumulates in the mouth before it hardens. This can be achieved through proper brushing and flossing along with a variety of additional adjunctive tools and aids.

If left unremoved, plaque will calcify and turn into calculus or tartar. This hardened state harbors bacteria which initially causes inflammation and irritation of the gums also known as gingivitis. Prolonged presence of calculus will not only cause gingivitis, but will also result in bone loss, periodontitis. In severe forms of acne, the pores become clogged due to the increased activity of your sebaceous glands. These can become inflamed then, which leads to the typical purulent pimples and pustules. With Accutane causing the skin to do away with the clogging matter, I honestly think it may be one of the best modern remedies at for acne problems.

Unfortunately, calculus cannot be removed by homecare and must be professionally debrided by your dental hygienist. Therefore, the goal is to remove plaque and food debris effectively and keep calculus build-up at a minimum in between your professional cleanings. This will help to that your gums stay healthy all year round!

Here are some tips to help you in between your professional cleanings:

  • Brush at least two times daily
  • Floss at least one time daily
  • Brush with an electric toothbrush
  • Using a fluoridated antibacterial mouthwash after brushing
  • Discuss any additional tools that might be useful for you with your hygienist at your next teeth cleaning appointment

Some signs that you may need to visit your hygienist sooner rather than later include:

  • Gums that are red, swollen, or tender
  • Gums that bleed when you are flossing or brushing
  • Permanent teeth that are becoming loose
  • Regular bad breath or an unusual taste in your mouth

When you’re feeling a little unmotivated – especially about that night time routine, remember:

Floss the ones you want to keep!!!

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