Gum Health Basics
North Seattle Restorative & Preventative Dentistry is here to assist with gum health.
It is said that good health begins in the mouth, and it could also be said that good dental health begins at the gums. When plaque builds up at the gum line the gums become irritated and inflamed. Signs of this are swollen and bleeding gums. That sounds extreme but can manifest itself in much more subtle ways such as bleeding when flossing or brushing. If you find your gums tend to bleed during flossing or brushing you likely have gingivitis. This is to say you have gum inflammation. You will need to take action before it turns into periodontitis, or gum disease. Schedule and cleaning appointment with your dentist and make sure you are flossing well and rinse with salt water ( a teaspoon per cup of warm water) daily until your appointment.
If you feel you are following good dental hygiene of brushing after each meal and flossing one of the other causes might be at the root of your trouble. Risk factors for periodontitis include a genetic predisposition, a medication side effect, other habits, such as smoking that can irritate gums or a hormone change that can make gums more sensitive and prone to periodontitis.
How can you know if you’ve missed the warning signs and slide into gum disease territory? Some clear signs are receding gums, bad breath, and loose teeth. Also, if you notice your teeth not fitting together as they previously had, you need to take action. One of the best ways to prevent both gingivitis and periodontitis is to see your dentist twice a year for a thorough cleaning.