When it comes to a healthy smile, healthy gums are essential. In fact, dental procedures such as orthodontics, dental implants, bridges, and partials, teeth whitening and dental veneers depend on having healthy gums. However, half of the adults in the U.S. over the age of 30 have gum disease. If you struggle with gum disease, some of the following might apply to you.
Dental Plaque: if you are not removing this thick bacterial film every day, you are more likely to incur gum disease. Brushing twice a day for two minutes, and flossing once a day is vital. Seeing your dentist every six months (or more) is also essential to remove hardened plaque around the gumline.
Balanced Diet: a balanced diet rich in vitamins can protect your oral tissue. Especially when it comes to vitamin C, your gums rely on nutrition to remain healthy.
Using Tobacco: regular tobacco use not only invites oral cancer, but it harms the gums as well by inhibiting the healthy function of gum tissue cells. Quitting this harmful habit will go a long way to improving your oral health!
Misaligned Teeth: when you have teeth which overlap or are crooked, it is much more difficult to clean the affected areas. This allows bacteria to thrive and plaque to proliferate. You need to clean those areas carefully daily, and if you can engage in orthodontic treatment to align those teeth, your gum health may benefit.
Medications: often medications list dry mouth as a side effect. This means insufficient saliva levels may develop, which then allow plaque-causing bacteria to thrive. Your doctor may be able to prescribe a different medication, but you can also stay well hydrated and remain diligent with your daily oral habits.
Along with daily oral hygiene and a healthy diet and habits, you can help your gums by seeing your dentist regularly for cleanings. To schedule your next visit with Dr. Damon Thompson, please call Real Life Dental in Blacksburg, Virginia, at 540-552-5433 today.