Learn More About The Importance Of Gum Care
At Integrity Dental, we care about more than just the state of your teeth. We are passionate about our patients visiting our office for routine hygiene examinations so we can inspect for any problems or look for indicators that there is an issue with the state of your oral health. Tooth decay is so widely known that many patients are surprised to learn that we also check the state of your gums and look for other conditions such as oral cancer. The health of your gums plays an important role in your oral health overall. You may be surprised to learn that periodontal disease, also commonly referred to as gum disease, is the leading cause of tooth loss.
How to Care For Your Gums
When we speak to patients about the importance of an oral hygiene routine, many patients discuss how they brush their teeth and are unaware of the importance of gum care. It is quite simple to care for your gums. Aside from brushing thoroughly twice a day and visiting our office for a cleaning, the most important step that patients need to take daily is flossing. Flossing removes lingering food and bacteria that remain between the teeth and along the gumline. No matter how thorough you are in brushing your teeth, it is impossible for the bristles to reach between your teeth. If you are unsure of how to effectively floss your teeth, we would be happy to demonstrate during your next appointment.
There are certain bad habits that affect the health of the gums. Number one is the use of tobacco products. Smoking and tobacco use is one of the leading causes of gum disease. Patients who suffer from dry mouth are also prone to gum disease issues. Be sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day.
If you are located in the Wellington, FL area and have any questions about how to care for your gums, gum disease or a recommended treatment plan, be sure to contact our office to schedule an appointment. We are here to help get your oral health back on track.