GUM CARE / ORAL HEALTH / PERIODONTAL DISEASE
Dr. Joseph Columbus and the Dental Hygienists at Columbus Dental Care Stress That Good Oral Hygiene and Gum Care Is As Important As Strong, Straight Teeth.
We are passionate about preventing gum disease and tooth decay. A healthy diet and proper dental care at home play crucial roles in maintaining optimal oral health. We recommend that you brush your teeth at least twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste, floss daily, rinse with mouthwash, and replace your toothbrush every three months.
Good healthy gums are important for maintaining stong, healthy teeth, since your gums protect the roots of your teeth at the connection to your jaw bones. If you don’t brush and floss well, food and other debris gets caught under the gum line, where the bacteria that cause decay feed on it and multiply.
CAUTION: It’s important to brush thoroughly but gently, using an up and down motion. If you brush too hard, from side-to-side, or with a brush that has hard bristles, you can wear away gum tissue over time (it does not regenerate), exposing your teeth’s roots, and potentially making you a candidate for gum surgery and/or tooth loss. An electric toothbrush may be your best dental friend.
The American Dental Association also recommends you have your teeth professionally cleaned at least twice a year. When our dental hygienists clean your teeth, they also clean under your gums, and check for gum recession, bleeding and abscesses.
Signs & Symptoms of Gum Disease
Gum disease is not a pleasant experience and is readily avoided. If you have any of the following signs and symptoms, come see Dr. Joe right away, in case you have gum health problems such gingivitis or periodontal gum disease:
- Sore gums
- Swollen gums
- Bleeding gums
- Receding gums
- Abscess on gums
- Abscessed tooth
- Gum infection
Ask your dental hygienist at Columbus Dental Care for helpful hints for preventing gum disease and tooth decay.