What all does good oral hygiene care include? Visiting your dentist and keeping your teeth clean and healthy, right? Right…but also wrong. Good oral hygiene care actually requires a bit more than just that!
Last week, we discussed what is underneath the gum line, and why it is so important to keep your gums healthy. For this reason, keeping your gums healthy is also included in good oral hygiene practices.
Taking care of your gums includes flossing as recommended by your dentist, lightly brushing your gums, and using mouthwash. If you do not properly do these things, gum disease has a much better chance of developing. Typically, gum disease is relatively “silent,” meaning it does not show many signs or symptoms, and does not cause pain. However, if your gums are bleeding while you brush and floss, this should be a sign that you need to take better care of your gums.
Unfortunately, if you do not take proper care of your gums, and gum disease develops, it can lead to many other health problems, including:
- Bad breath (also known as halitosis)
- Loss of teeth
- Cardiovascular disease
These are just a few of the many problems that can develop. Detecting gum disease early is critical. To see additional warning signs of gum disease, click here.
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Treat your gums right, or they may start embarrassing you! Check out this video from the American Academy of Periodontology: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pRMLK_euRXc