Keeping Your Gums Healthy

Allen & Neumann is here to help maintain gum healthThere is a reason your dentist asks if you floss regularly. Even if you brush your teeth after every meal, leftover food can stick between your teeth. This can cause a buildup of plaque which can lead to cavity-causing bacteria and gingivitis. Pairing proper at-home oral hygiene with regular checkups and cleanings can reduce the risk of gum disease and other problems.

At Allen and Neumann Family Dentistry in Pella, IA, we offer general cleanings and periodontal services to help you maintain a healthy smile. In today’s blog, we are here with tips on how to protect your well-being with proper gum care.

Taking Care At Home

You should be brushing your teeth for two minutes, at least twice a day. Remember to also brush your tongue, as it can hold onto bacteria. After brushing, remember to floss in between every tooth. This helps reach hard-to-clean areas like your back molars. Follow up with a mouthwash for extra protection. This routine will not only prevent buildup but will also keep your breath fresh.

Your diet is also an important factor in your dental health. A well-balanced diet including plenty of fruits, vegetables, and lean proteins can reduce your chances of cavities. Eat processed foods in moderation, as these can contain heavy amounts of sugar which can lead to dental caries.

Routine Dental Visits

Biannual checkups and cleanings help remove plaque that cannot be cleared with a toothbrush. These appointments also allow for the early detection of problems. If a cavity has begun to form, steps can be taken to reverse or treat them.

Gingivitis, the first stage of periodontal disease, can be detected as well. Symptoms such as swollen or red gums, bleeding after flossing, or persistent bad breath may indicate that you have gingivitis. These symptoms can be reversed with proper treatment.

Periodontal Cleanings

If gingivitis is recognized, it is crucial to begin periodontal cleanings as soon as possible. In the late stages of this disease, symptoms can only be managed and not reversed. Periodontal disease can cause chronic bad breath, sensitivity when chewing, gum recession, and even tooth loss in severe cases.

A periodontal cleaning consists of scaling and root planing which provides a deeper clean than your typical hygienist service. This process includes removing plaque from below the gumline. Depending on the severity of your symptoms, you may need more than one deep cleaning to treat your symptoms. Ignoring this treatment can lead to the progression of periodontitis and cause damage to your smile.

Schedule Your Next Cleaning Today

Keeping your gums healthy is an essential part of your well-being. To schedule your next cleaning, give us a call at Allen & Neumann Family Dentistry in Pella, IA at (641)628-1121.