When you brush your teeth, how much attention do you pay to your gums? Many people tend to overlook their gums, an unfortunate tendency because a significant portion of the tooth lies below the gum line. If gums become unhealthy, the portion of the tooth under the gum line is at an increased risk, and if untreated, gum disease often leads to tooth loss. Your Des Moines dentist, Dr. Jessica Johnson, discusses how gums play into your oral health.
There are a few types of gum disease. Perhaps the best-known form is gingivitis, or the inflammation of the gums. Gingivitis does not sound very sinister to a lot of people, but it is often the first step to the development of a more damaging form of gum disease like periodontitis. Patients with periodontitis often experience damage to teeth-supporting ligaments and tissues. If untreated, periodontitis can lead to tooth loss.
Identifying Unhealthy Gums
There are several signs that gums are unhealthy. They include red gums, bleeding gums, swollen gums, tender gums, loose teeth, and receding gums. If you exhibit these symptoms contact your Des Moines dentist, Dr. Johnson, for prompt dental treatment.
Maintaining Healthy Gums
To maintain healthy gums, you want to keep bacteria off of your teeth and gums. Gum disease is typically caused by the presence of bacteria at the base of teeth. Thus, it is vital to follow a thorough and consistent homecare regimen of brushing and flossing. Brush your teeth twice a day, and floss once a day. Be sure not to overbrush, or you could cause damage to your gums from too much abrasion. Also, make sure that you angle the bristles of your toothbrush toward the gum line. Finally, attend regular dental visits with Dr. Johnson for professional cleanings and checkups.
Schedule a Visit with Your Des Moines Dentist
Regular dental visits can help keep your gums healthy. If it has been more than six months since your last visit, you are due for a checkup. Schedule an appointment to visit your Des Moines dentist, Dr. Johnson, today by calling 515-223-9764. Our 50266 dentist office welcomes patients from West Des Moines, Waukee, Clive, and nearby Des Moines metro communities.