Healthy gums are crucial for dental health. So what do great gums look like? Here are some things to look for, suggested by the dentists at the Placerville Dental Group
Identifying Healthy Gums
Healthy gums are:
- Pink and firm;
- Wrapped tightly around teeth to protect their roots;
- Do not bleed when gently brushed or flossed;
- Are not swollen or inflamed.
What can change the good condition of your gums? A lapse in daily care for your teeth and gums takes a toll on dental well-being. Plaque forms at the gumline, eroding tooth enamel and irritating gum tissue. This allows gum disease to subtly begin and most people are not even aware of it. The Centers for Disease Control reports that almost 50% of Americans have untreated gum disease, or periodontitis. How do you recognize this disease that leads to gum recession and lost teeth?
Identifying Unhealthy Gums
Gums that are infected with periodontitis show the following symptoms:
- Bleeding easily;
- Exposed tooth roots;
- Chronic bad breath.
Even at this advanced stage, gum disease can be treated by the Placerville Dental Group. Prevention is the best solution, however, and here are some tips on how to stop gum disease before it starts.
Prevent Gum Disease and Periodontitis
Follow these steps to protect your mouth from the ravages of gingivitis and periodontitis.
- Brush and floss every day;
- Quit smoking (February is American Heart Month and smoking endangers both dental and cardiovascular health);
- Use fluoride toothpastes everyday;
- Visit the Placerville Dental Group a minimum of twice a year.
We encourage all patients to take care of their teeth and gums! If you experience symptoms of gum disease or are missing teeth, contact us today to schedule an appointment for a free consultation. Gum disease is reversible and missing teeth can be restored with modern options. See how treatments from our Placerville dental restoration professionals help patients regain their smiles!