Keeping your gums healthy is essential for avoiding very serious oral health complications, such as gingivitis or even gum disease. Often, simple preventive maintenance can be enough to protect the gums. What does this maintenance involve? Do you need help with gum health?
Frequently Asked Questions About Gum Health
Question: How does gingivitis form?
Answer: Also known as gum inflammation, this forms when poor oral hygiene allows plaque buildup on the teeth to calcify into tartar. The tartar and plaque irritate the gum tissue, leading to gingivitis. At this stage treatment is important because the inflammation can be reversed. However, once gum disease forms it can’t be cured and will require management.
Question: What are the warning signs of gum disease?
Answer: Look for any changes in your gums. For example, they may appear more red than usual or sore. They could also bleed easily when you brush and floss. You may also notice recession of the gingival tissue. Don’t ignore these potential warning signs, schedule a visit with your dentist right away.
Question: Will brushing and flossing help?
Answer: Yes! Brushing and flossing controls the risk of inflammation by limiting the amount of plaque that can accumulate on the teeth. You should brush your teeth twice a day and always floss before going to bed.
Question: Do I need a dental cleaning?
Answer: Absolutely. In addition to brushing and flossing, you need to schedule a dental cleaning every six months. We can then remove all the plaque and tartar your toothbrush and floss can’t address. In the inflammation stage, these cleanings can help protect your smile.
If you would like to learn more about periodontal disease and gum health, then schedule a consultation by calling Calcagno Cosmetic and Family Dentistry in Rochester, MN, today at (507) 281-3659.