Over 80 percent of adults in the United States suffer from some degree of gum disease. Because it is considered a “silent” disease, up to 60 percent afflicted aren’t even aware of this condition.
The best way to know for sure whether or not you suffer from gum disease is to go to the dentist. They can provide a thorough evaluation to determine if you need to be treated for this condition.
However, you also have to take steps to keep your gums healthy.
Keep reading to learn what you can do, throughout the year, to maintain healthy gums.
Brushing your teeth is the first step in having healthy gums (also referred to the soft tissue of your mouth). Some of the guidelines that are recommended by the ADA include:
If you brush too vigorously, this can actually cause more harm than good, so be sure to follow the above guidelines.
If you want healthy gums, you have to floss at least one time a day. This will help to remove the food and plaque that can’t be removed by your toothbrush.
It doesn’t matter when you opt to floss. You can do it any time of day; the key is to do it.
Smoking makes you more susceptible to gum disease.
Because it weakens your immune system. As a result, the CDC recommends that you stop smoking right away to reduce the likelihood of gum problems. Using other types of tobacco products can also increase your risk of gum issues.
Usually, these can be found at your local drugstore. This type of mouthwash can help to reduce plaque while preventing and reducing gingivitis and reducing the development of tartar.
Additionally, rinsing your mouth helps to remove any debris or food particles in your mouth. While this is important, mouthwash is not a substitute for brushing and flossing daily.
It’s a good idea to look for the ADA seal on the mouthwash you ultimately choose. It means it has been tested and is both safe and effective.
It’s important to make and keep dental appointments at least twice a year. By getting a professional cleaning, you can have all the tartar and plaque on your teeth removed.
Additionally, a dentist can evaluate the health of your gums to determine if any type of treatment for gum disease is needed.
If you don’t know the answer to whether or not you have healthy gums, then now is the time to schedule an appointment with your dentist. They can let you know for sure if there are any issues you need to be aware of.
If you are ready to schedule an appointment, contact us today. We can help you with a wide array of dental issues.