Palm Family Dentistry

Why It's Important to Keep Your Gums Healthy

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Just like your house relies on a firm foundation, so do your teeth. Your gums are the foundation for your teeth, and if your gums are not healthy, your teeth and your oral health are at risk. Your dentist in Baton Rouge, LA shares what you can do to protect your periodontal (gum) health.

Consistent Dental Visits

When you visit your dentist every six months for cleaning and checkup appointments, it provides a great defense against issues like gum disease. We screen you for gum disease during every checkup with a thorough examination, yearly x-rays, and gum measurements. By measuring the pockets of your gums, we detect any problems early on and help patients successfully manage gum disease, and even reverse it in some cases.

A Strong Home Care Routine

One of the main causes of periodontal disease is poor oral hygiene. Brushing at least twice each day and flossing at least once is critical in protecting your mouth against gum disease.

If you haven't already, you might consider switching to an electric toothbrush. These brushes do the hard work for you and even time your session to ensure that you are brushing for the full recommended two minutes.

Your cleanings with your hygienist are also important because they remove the excess plaque and bacteria that contribute to gum disease. Your hygienist is a great resource for proper brushing techniques and products that will improve your home care routine.

Know the Signs

Gum disease can be tricky to detect on your own at first because there are not many signs or symptoms. If you notice that your gums appear red or swollen, or they bleed when you brush your teeth, it's a good idea to schedule a checkup with your dentist.

These are the first signs of gingivitis, which is the early stage of gum disease, and your team at Palm Family Dentistry can help! Give us a call today if you have questions or if it's time to schedule your next dental visit.