The gums that support your teeth contribute to your beautiful smile. However, without proper care, they are highly prone to infection. In honor of National Gum Care Month, it is a good time to recommit to a proper dental hygiene routine in order to maintain the health of your gums and protect the appearance of your smile.

 

 

Recognizing the Early Signs of Gum Disease


In many cases, gum disease is relatively painless in its early stages. For this reason, you might not be too worried if your gums become extremely red, swollen, and tender, or if they bleed easily whenever you try to brush and floss.

However, these are all signs that you could be suffering from the early stages of periodontal disease. Without proper treatment, the infection that has rooted itself in your gums may become progressively worse, resulting in tooth loss and other dental problems.

 

 

 

 

Flossing Your Teeth the Right Way


Although you may already be good about brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing may not be something that is as much of a priority for you. However, if you want to keep periodontal disease from developing it is critical that you floss regularly. To floss properly, you should:

 ·         Start with a large piece of floss and wind it around both of your middle fingers, leaving a little bit at each end
·         Begin to move the floss in between your teeth
 ·         Curve the floss around the base of each tooth in a gentle manner as you reach the area near your gum line
 ·         Make sure that you use clean sections of floss as you move between different sections of your gums
 ·         Use a back and forth motion to bring the floss up and out of the crevices of your teeth

In addition to regular brushing and flossing, it is essential that you have a dental checkup performed by a general dentist in Saratoga Springs, NY on a consistent basis. To schedule an appointment with our office’s general dentist, Dr. Mark Moskowitz, please contact us today by calling (518) 633-4446.