Keeping your pearly whites healthy requires a little more than just brushing twice a day and flossing. You need to do it right! Here are some common questions we get about oral health.
Why is it so important to floss?
When gum tissue becomes infected with bacteria from dental plaque and tartar, bone loss and tooth loss occur. This advanced gingivitis is called periodontal disease. Periodontal disease also puts patients at a higher risk for other medical conditions such as heart disease, dementia, and diabetes.
How do I know if my gums are unhealthy?
If they bleed when you brush your teeth, that’s a big tip off. Inflamed and bleeding gums are early symptoms of gingivitis and periodontitis. Healthy gums are firm and pink.
How can I keep my gums healthy?
Good oral hygiene is your first and best defense against gum disease. Brushing twice a day, routine flossing, and adding a rinse helps keep plaque and bacteria from sticking around. Flossing below the gum line is important to remove food debris and plaque where our toothbrushes can’t reach.”
Make sure you are keeping up with regular visits to your hygienist and dentist, every six months is the average. Just because you have braces does NOT mean you can skip trips to the dentist! You need both to ensure your straightened smile stays healthy!