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Tips for Gum Health

Published on August 11th, 2020

Mild gum disease (gingivitis) can easily progress to more serious disease (periodontitis), which can result in irreversible loss of the bone that supports the teeth. The best way to avoid periodontitis treatments in Glenview, Evanston, or Chicago, is to visit a periodontist to assess your gum health.

Maintaining Healthy Gums

Excellent oral health starts with gum health. Your teeth remain well-supported and your chances for life-long oral health are significantly better when you have healthy gums. Gum disease is the result of not taking good care of your gums, and this can progress to multiple problems with your teeth, as well as causing other long-term chronic health conditions including diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.

Easy Steps to Healthy Gums:

  • Toothbrush – Always use a soft-bristle brush with bristles of varying heights to lessen irritation. This will help get into hard-to reach places and stimulate circulation to your gums.
  • Toothpaste – Brushing at least twice a day with an ADA-accepted fluoride toothpaste is recommended by the American Dental Association (ADA). Using a formula specially formulated to neutralize plaque bacteria around the gumline may help if you are noticing signs of gingivitis.
  • Floss – One of the most important things you can do to prevent gum disease and maintain healthy gums is to floss at least once each day.
  • Mouthwash – Adding a gingivitis-fighting mouthwash to your oral care routine can help kill plaque bacteria and maintain healthy teeth and gums.
  • Regular Dental Visits – In addition to following a regular oral care routine, it’s important to see your dentist at least twice a year. Your dentist can often identify problems early – before they become serious.

If you would like more information about how to maintain healthy teeth and gums, we invite you to reach out to our knowledgeable team at South Loop Dental Specialists – give us a call today!

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