How to Take Care of your Gums

How to Take Care of your Gums

Your gums are as important as your teeth; after all, they are part of the foundation of your teeth and oral health.

Your family dentist Oshawa will keep a check on your gum health as well as your teeth at your biannual checkups and cleanings.

Gum disease

Gum disease can lead to bone loss and tooth loss.

Signs of gum disease are:

  • Reddened swollen gums
  • Tender Gums
  • Pain when chewing
  • Bleeding during or after brushing
  • Bad breath

All of these are signs of gum disease, when caught early it can be reversed.

Tips for gum care

Here are some tips for keeping your gums healthy.

  • Floss – if you are unsure if you are flossing correctly speak to your dentist or hygienist
  • Brush twice a day
  • Eat a healthy diet that is balanced and rich in dairy products and calcium
  • Have regular checkups and cleanings from your dentist
  • Use the proper tools if you can afford it a good electric toothbrush your dentist can give you recommendations
  • Use a good mouth rinse that your dentist recommends specifically for you, such as one for tartar control or that has fluoride in it

Risk factors in gum disease

There are risk factors that can lead to gum disease which are:

  • Hormonal changes in females
  • Smoking
  • Diabetes
  • Medications that cause dry mouth or other issues
  • Family history

If you have diabetes or take medications for other health issues you should make your Oshawa dentist aware of those medications or health issues so that he or she can provide you with proper care.

Your dentist can provide you with recommendations on mouth rinses, brushes, and other products that will help combat the issues of medication and illnesses.

Taking care of your gums is essential to the overall health of your body so make sure to floss properly as well as brush twice a day.

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