Your gums affect more than just your smile; they’re part of a complex system of nerves and blood vessels that connect to the rest of your body. In recent studies, Gum disease in Lititz, PA, has been linked to an increased risk of heart disease and other complications. If caught early on, your dentist could treat periodontal (gum) disease before it spreads. But preventing gum disease in the first place is the best way to keep your mouth and body healthy.
Tips for Preventing Gum Disease
Keeping your gums healthy is crucial for keeping your bite strong. When your gums are infected or diseased, it can cause your teeth to shift or even fall out. And when your teeth aren’t in alignment, it can lead to uneven pressure in your jaw that causes further complications. By following good oral hygiene practices and visiting your dentist regularly, you can help keep your gums healthy.
At-Home Oral Hygiene Routine
Daily cleaning of your teeth and gums is one of the best ways to keep your entire mouth healthy. Brushing and flossing twice a day removes food particles that can lead to plaque and tartar build-up. If you’re suffering from gum disease or wear an oral appliance such as Invisalign, your dentist may recommend additional brushing and flossing after every meal/snack to help keep your teeth and gums clean.
Your dentist may also recommend additional oral hygiene tools or treatment. For example, an antibacterial mouthwash can help reduce the threat of disease. A Waterpik alongside normal flossing may also be beneficial to some patients. Everyone’s mouth and gums are different, so be sure to follow your dentist’s instructions on what’s best for you.
Routine Dental Check-Ups
While brushing and flossing regularly can help keep your gums healthy, it’s not enough alone to prevent gum disease. Visiting your dentist every six months for a detailed cleaning and exam can help increase your odds of staying healthy. A professional cleaning can remove built-up plaque and tartar that could lead to infection. And during your visit, your dentist will examine your teeth and gums to see if there’s any sign of damage or disease. Catching gum disease early on is key to reducing the chances of it spreading in your body.
Healthy Gums Start Here
Drs. Sara and John Gotwalt are committed to helping their patients maintain strong and healthy smiles. And a healthy smile starts with a healthy foundation. When your gums are diseased, they can cause complications such as tooth loss and jaw pain. Gum disease could also lead to problems in your cardiovascular system. But routine dental exams and good at-home oral hygiene care can help protect your gums. Contact our office today for more information about preventing and treating gum disease.