Did you know that September is National Gum Care month? Most people focus so much time and energy on their teeth that we tend to forget about our gums, too. Taking care of your gums is vital because they are what protects your teeth and they can also have an impact on other health-related issues you may experience. In honor of National Gum Care month, let’s talk about how to detect the early stages of gum disease and what you can do to prevent it and take better care of your gums.
Detecting Early Stages of Gum Disease
Some of the early signs of gum disease (gingivitis) to watch out for are:
- Bad breath that won’t go away.
- Tender gums.
- Red or swollen gums that are sometimes painful to the touch.
- Receding gums.
- Sensitive teeth.
- Gums that bleed easily when brushing your teeth.
- Pus between the tooth and the gums.
Furthermore, if you notice any difference in your bite or the way that your teeth and gums feel, that may be an indicator of early gingivitis.
Preventing Gum Disease
Adding these habits into your daily routine can help to prevent gum disease:
- Floss at least once per day.
- Brush your teeth, especially in between meals to remove the food debris and plaque that gets caught between your teeth and gums.
- Swish with mouthwash.
- Avoid smoking and tobacco products.
- Visit your dentist twice a year for a cleaning and exam.
- Eat a balanced diet with plenty of vitamins to keep the gum tissue healthy.
As easy as it may be to contract gum disease, it’s just as easy to prevent it by following these simple steps I listed above. If you have any concerns, are experiencing any of the above mentioned signs of early gum disease, or it’s been a while since you’ve been in to see the dentist, please schedule an appointment today. You can reach our office by calling (973)584-0008.