Tips for Maintaining Healthy Gums

When most people think about dental health, they may focus mostly on preventing decay and cavities in their teeth, but having healthy gums is just as important as having healthy teeth. Healthy gums are vital for your overall well-being and dental health and quite often give early indications of a problem in your mouth. Bleeding and swollen gums are often a sign of gum disease, but other issues that require attention and treatment can also cause such irritation.

Brushing
Brushing your teeth too vigorously can damage the delicate tissue of your gums, so it is important that you brush properly. Always choose a soft toothbrush with blunt end nylon bristles because the medium or hard bristled toothbrushes can damage enamel and lead to swollen, red gums.

Flossing
Flossing is an essential part of proper oral hygiene, and a step many people avoid or do incorrectly. Flossing removes plaque where your toothbrush can not reach, and this is vital because built-up plaque can irritate gums and lead to more severe issues.

Signs Of Unhealthy Gums
Without practicing proper oral hygiene, you increase the risk of having gum disease. Gum disease has different severities from mild gingivitis to the most serious type called periodontitis. One of the main causes of gum disease is improper oral hygiene, which leads to the formation of plaque on the teeth from built up bacteria. The bacteria can lead to inflamed gums that are swollen, red and may bleed. Gingivitis is not always painful, but that does not make it harmless. There are several signs of unhealthy gums including:
• Bleeding gums during and after brushing
• Tender, swollen or red gums
• Chronic bad breath
• Deep pockets between gums and teeth
• Gum recession
• Shifted or loose teeth
• Changes in bite or alignment of teeth
• Change in fit of partial dentures or bridge

If you experience any swelling, bleeding or soreness in your gums, contact us to set up a professional dental exam to help improve and protect your oral health. Call 203-433-0384 for Branford Office or 203-285-8163 for Milford Office.