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It is imperative to take care of your gums to prevent gum disease.

Having straight teeth or a bright smile is awesome but when it comes to your mouth’s health there is so much more involved. Being cavity-free or having the whitest teeth in town doesn’t make you immune to gum disease. The healthier your mouth, the less risk you have for Periodontitis or tooth decay. Gum disease is preventable. Here are a few ways to help keep your gums healthy.

Brush your teeth morning and evening for at least two minutes each time with a soft-bristle brush and a fluoride toothpaste. Be sure to brush your tongue and along your gum line too to lessen the amount of bacteria that grows on these surfaces. This will also help to remove plaque and keep your mouth fresh and clean.

Don’t forget to floss. Your toothbrush can’t remove food and plaque from between teeth and below the gum line. Did you know, your gums actually attach to your teeth at a lower point in the gum? This small area between your teeth and gum is called a sulcus. When food gets trapped in there it can cause gum infections or gingivitis. So once a day, floss or use a soft pick brush or pre-threaded flosser.

Left untreated, gingivitis can cause the gums to pull apart from the teeth, causing injury to the bone and soft tissue. Your teeth may become unstable and/or loose. If the infection advances, you may ultimately lose teeth or need a dentist for oral surgery and extraction.

Common symptoms of gingivitis include red, swollen gums and possible bleeding when you brush. If you have any of these symptoms, see a dentist at once.

As we get older and our arthritis or rheumatism flares up brushing and flossing regularly may become a problem. If you are having issues brushing your teeth talk to your dentist. There are several products on the market to make it easier for arthritis suffers to keep up good oral health care. You may want to try and electric toothbrush or carefully make a slit in a tennis ball and push the toothbrush through to make it easier to hold.

Research has shown that maintaining a healthy mouth may keep your body healthy as well. The best way to achieve good oral health is to visit your dentist at least twice a year.

Dr. Alicia Abeyta believes that everyone deserves a beautiful one-of-a-kind smile. She understands that your dental treatment is personal, from your personal decision to receive treatment, to the personal care you receive. With a different and gentle approach to dentistry, Dr. Abeyta and her team believe that dentistry is health and trust centered.

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