Posts for: November, 2018
Find out how to properly care for your gums to prevent gum disease.
When our Bothell, WA, family dentist, Dr. Kimberly Chapman, mentions the word “periodontal,” she is referring to the health of your gums. While most people pay close attention to how they are caring for their teeth, not as many people consider what they are doing to keep their gums healthy. Isn’t it time you did? To prevent gum disease, receding gums, and other problems, it is important that you know how to care for your gums.
Gum disease is more prevalent than you might think. In fact, the CDC reports that as many as half of all American adults have some degree of gum disease. Gum disease, like heart disease, is silent and mostly asymtpomatic until it is very severe. Gum disease doesn’t just cause infected, inflamed, and receding gums, it is also the leading cause of tooth loss. Fortunately, gum disease can be prevented or greatly diminished when the proper oral care measures are put in place both at home and in our professional practice. Some habits to adopt for healthy gums include:
- Brushing twice a day
- Flossing daily (very important!)
- Eating a healthy, balanced diet
- Limiting sugars, carbohydrates, and starches
- Drinking enough water
- Not smoking or using chewing tobacco
- Visiting your dentist at least twice a year for cleanings, or more if they are recommended for you.
These are the top habits to adopt if you want to keep gums healthy. Of course, if you are dealing with warning signs of gum disease such as bleeding gums when you brush or floss, it’s important to schedule an appointment with our Bothell, WA, family dentist as soon as possible. Some warning signs of gum disease include:
- A receding gum line (teeth appear longer than usual)
- Bleeding gums - if your hands bled in the sink every time you washed them, would you think that is healthy? It isn't healthy for gums to bleed either!
- Swelling or inflamed gums
- Chronic bad breath
Dealing with any of these issues? Then it’s best to play it safe and visit your dentist for a quick checkup to make sure that you aren’t dealing with gum disease. The good news is that if gum disease is caught early enough, it can be treated effectively.
Your Gum Health is Important to Your Overall Health
Not only do your gums influence the health of your teeth, but they affect your overall health. In fact, those with gum disease are actually at a higher risk for heart disease, diabetes, strokes, chronic respiratory disease, and other long-term and potentially serious health problems.
Are you noticing bleeding or gum tenderness when brushing or flossing? Do you need to schedule your next dental cleaning? Whatever the case might be, call Bothell family dentist, Dr. Kimberly Chapman, today to get the care you need for a healthier smile! (425) 488-6120.